Plantation, Florida Dental Implant Specialist Dr. Mauricio Hervas

Diet, lifestyle, and healthy teeth!

Dental health is more important than most people realize, and nutrition plays a big role in this.

Like the rest of the body, everything we eat and drink has an effect on how our teeth look, and on our oral and general health. Consuming food and drinks with too much sugar, like soda and overly processed snacks and desserts, increases the risk of tooth decay. Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are known to increase the risk of both gum disease and oral cancer. Choosing healthy, nutrient rich foods with sufficient vitamin D and calcium contributes to a healthy body, teeth, and gums.

We need healthy teeth and gums to eat nutritious foods. We also need to eat nutritious foods for healthy teeth.

A great way to start a good and healthy diet is just start eating mostly whole foods diet with lots of lean protein and fresh vegetables

Avoid most processed foods, especially those that are high in simple sugars.

Get your oral hygiene on. Seriously! floss and brush at least twice a day, if not, start today!

  • Brush your teeth, at least twice a day.

  • Avoid smoking. Smoking can wreak havoc on gum and tooth health.

  • Drink green tea.  Drinking green tea improves the health of your teeth and gums, as it decreases inflammation, makes your mouth more alkaline, inhibits the growth of cavity-causing bacteria, prevents tooth loss, may slow progression of oral cancer, and freshens breath by killing odor-causing bacteria. Green tea is great digestive way to make you loose weight!

  • Chew xylitol gum after meals. It increases saliva production and prevents the bacteria in your mouth from producing the acids that cause cavities.

  • Eat mostly whole, nutrient-dense foods that provide plenty of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin K (especially K2) and vitamin D. Not only food but sunlight!

  • Eat some raw, crunchy fruits and vegetables every day. Raw veggies clean your teeth to a degree. Eating an apple as dessert after lunch will help to remove material that has adhered to the surface of your teeth. One apple a Day… keeps the doctor away!.

  • Limit added sugars from both foods and beverages.

  • Maintain a healthy body composition. Excess body fat can promote poor systemic health, including poor oral health.

  • Get regular exercise. Exercise seems to protect against periodontal disease.

Eat, exercise, brush, floss, and live… happily ever after!

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