There’s a good chance you’re already aware of the foods and drinks that can harm your teeth. Sugary foods and drinks, such as sweets and soda, encourage tooth decay. Acidic beverages and snacks, like coffee and pickles, can wear away your enamel. From an oral health perspective, we recommend avoiding these as much as possible. But it’s not all bad! In recognition of National Nutrition Month, we’ll be discussing some of the nutrients that support your teeth—and the food and drink that provide them!
Calcium-rich foods and drinks are well-known to strengthen bones, and your teeth are no different! A diet that includes milk, yogurt, cheese, and canned salmon will fortify your smile. Soy products, such as tofu and fortified beverages, almonds, and dark green leafy vegetables provide plant-based calcium sources.
Phosphorus helps keep your bones healthy, helps you move your muscles, and aids your body in energy-creation. Having an adequate phosphorus intake from meat and poultry, dairy products, eggs, and fish can help strengthen your teeth, as can whole grains, garlic, dried fruit, and potatoes.
Not only does vitamin C help build strong teeth, it can also support your gingival (gum) health. Many fruits and vegetables provide this essential vitamin, including carrots, sweet potatoes, red peppers, and oranges. It’s best to get your vitamins from the fruit or vegetable itself—juices may have additional sugar, which can promote dental erosion.
For Your Everyday and Emergency Dental Care Needs
Great nutrition is only one piece of the dental health puzzle. Keep brushing, flossing, and making regular visits with a dentist to ensure your smile is the best it can be. Our dentist’s office in Hinsdale is here for your general, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dental care needs—reach out to us any time to schedule an appointment!