A Day Of Eating Mouth-Healthy Foods

11 May 2015
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

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Your oral health plays a vital role in your overall health. Keeping your teeth and gums clean and free of infection is absolutely important. The best place to start when it comes to taking care of your oral health is seeing a dentist (such as one from Paradise Dental Care) twice a year for cleanings and checkups. Having a reliable oral hygiene routine is another critical step to take. You may also take matters into your own hands by structuring your diet to support your oral health. There are tons of foods that support your oral tissues. Here is an example of a day of eating mouth-healthy foods.

Breakfast

Start your day with an cheese, bell pepper, and ham omelet. The protein in the omelet gives you fuel needed for energy, while the bell pepper in the omelet is great for your gums. Bell peppers are loaded with vitamin C; high levels of vitamin C in the bloodstream have been linked with a marked decrease in symptoms of periodontitis. If you are in a hurry and don't have time to cook, reach for yogurt and cereal that isn't too sugary. Dairy foods help to remineralize your teeth, strengthening them when they are worn down by chewing and grinding.

Snack

You should snack periodically throughout the day to keep your energy levels up. Reach for crunchy fruits and vegetables to satisfy the munchies that strike between meals. The vigorous chewing required for breaking down fruits and veggies such as apples and carrots stimulates saliva production. The extra saliva helps to wash away food residues that can bind with plaque-causing bacteria.

Lunch

When it comes to a sack lunch, you are probably dealing with a sandwich. A classic sandwich to enjoy during lunch is the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Replace the jelly with cranberry with bright, whole cranberry sauce to give a beloved classic a new twist. Cranberries help to reduce negative bacteria in your mouth due to their antimicrobial properties. You can also dress up your unorthodox peanut butter sandwich with slices of banana and green apple.

Dinner

After a long day at work or school, you definitely want to enjoy a satisfying meal. Usually, dinner consists of a protein, vegetable, and a side. When it comes to dressing your protein of choice, make sure that you include plenty of spices such as clove, garlic, anise, onion, and ginger, among others. Spices have antimicrobial properties that help to limit negative bacteria in your mouth without disrupting your naturally occurring oral flora and fauna.