You may not think it, but certain foods are vital in maintaining your oral health. The periodontal team at BC Perio in Vancouver and Coquitlam want to make sure you’re eating the right things for your teeth and gums.

  • First of all, it is important to eat fruits and veggies because they contain nutrients for your gums. Calcium that comes from milk products also helps prevent tooth loss and promotes bone growth.
  • Cheese is another great fighter of cavities, thanks to the calcium and phosphorus, which helps to eliminate plaque. Cheese also encourages saliva production which washes away food bits on your teeth. Protein and fat found in cheese stops cavities, so enjoy a slice of cheese or two after a meal to help maintain the best oral health possible.
  • Furthermore, high-protein foods, which include nuts, eggs, meat, poultry and fish, are easy and delicious snacks that will strengthen the state of your teeth. Here’s a great healthy teeth tip: drink a glass of milk with a sugary treat, it can help to reduce cavities.
  • You may also be surprised to hear that chocolate milk does not typically cause cavities. Because it is a liquid, the sugar from chocolate milk doesn’t stay in the mouth long enough to cling to your teeth. Cocoa and several nutrients in milk are cavity fighting agents, so the sugar content in chocolate milk won’t affect your teeth.
  • Sugar isn’t the only culprit when it comes to cavities – acids found in pickles, citrus fruits and colas can cause tooth decay and erode enamel. Sour candies are the worst kind of food because they are both a sugar and an acid.

Here are some more extra tips to keep a healthier smile:

  1. Brush and floss your teeth at least two times a day. It is especially important to clean along the gum line, because that’s where plaque forms.
  2. Eat a slice of cheese after you eat if you don’t get the chance to brush them. You can then rinse your mouth with water or chew a piece of sugarless gum.
  3. Make sure the snacks you eat are nutritious. Sweets should be a novelty and only consumed every so often.
  4. Make sure to get your six-month checkup with your dentist. We’d be happy to tell you how you can protect your teeth against cavities.
  5. If you do want to indulge in some sweets, make sure to eat them with meals or brush your teeth immediately after you eat.

If you have any questions, feel free to call or book an appointment at BC Perio in Coquitlam and Vancouver.