While we often associate eating and exercising with losing or maintaining a proper weight, there are other benefits to paying close attention to your diet. In fact, many patients don’t realize how what they eat can impact their oral health! Dr. Chong Lee and his team at Galleria Dental Aesthetics of McLean, VA educate patients on the benefits of eating right and how it can improve their oral health. Patients can continue reading to find out more about certain types of foods and drinks and how they can benefit the smile!
Foods and beverages that are good for your smile
Let’s talk about specific nutritional influences that can impact your dental health.
- Dairy products – dairy products are high in calcium, which is known for the promotion of healthy, strong bones and teeth.
- Leafy greens – eating salad greens such as kale, spinach, and romaine lettuce can help boost nutrients in the body such as fiber and folic acid. When you eat them, they also stimulate saliva that cleans the mouth and washes away food particles and sugars.
- Salmon – this tasty fish is high in vitamin D and omega-3’s. This makes it a great food that helps the body absorb calcium for stronger teeth and bones.
- Teas – black and green teas have fluoride and powerful antioxidants in them. They should be enjoyed moderately as they can contribute to staining on the teeth.
- Raw vegetables – enjoying crunchy vegetables such as celery and peppers can help in removing bacteria from the teeth and disrupting the development of plaque, a sticky substance that can contribute to periodontal disease and tooth decay if left remaining on the surfaces of the teeth for an extended period of time.
Learn more about enjoying great oral health!
The team at Galleria Dental Aesthetics is here to help McLean, VA area patients in achieving and maintaining oral health and wellness, and educating them on the various factors that impact the smile. If you are interested in learning more about nutritional changes you can make to maintain healthy teeth and gums, call (703) 448-1020 for an appointment. We are open to new and returning patients at 1600 Tysons Boulevard, Ste. #120.