The Best Foods for Your Smile

A woman eating a carrotDental implants Austin, TX dentist Dr. Geohring wants to share with you a few quick and tasty ways to care for your dental implants. Many of our patients here at Goehring Dental approach staff members, once the dental implants process is complete, seeking information on how to best care for their new smile. Those of our patients who are having to finance their own dental implants are especially interested in obtaining this information. Fortunately, there are many ways to care for dental implants and all of them are incredibly easy. What’s more is the fact that any oral health tip which applies to natural teeth applies to dental implants as well. This is one of the best advantages of dental implants; they require no special care.

However, taking into consideration the frequency with which our staff is approached by patients seeking tips on how to care for their dental implants, we decided to give a few hints on a method many people aren’t aware or; your diet. The food you eat can dramatically affect the health of your mouth. The success of your dental implants relies on the health of your mouth. Bearing this in mind, let’s take a quick look at some of the best foods for your oral health.

Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and vegetables contain something called fiber. Fiber is a natural facilitator of saliva production in your mouth. That means when you eat foods like fresh fruits and veggies, you naturally begin to salivate.

Yes, we know. It’s a little gross to think about but bear with us, we have a point.

Saliva is your mouth’s natural defense against bacteria. When your mouth has a healthy amount of saliva in it, a portion of the bacteria which would otherwise be multiplying inside there is held in a temporary type of hiatus. On top of this, some of that bacteria are then swallowed and sent down to your digestive system where it can be properly and effectively dealt with. Let’s just say your digestive system does a much better job of handling bacteria than your teeth and gums do. Remember, the less harmful bacteria in your mouth at any given time, the healthier your gums are. The healthier your gums are the happier and more successful your dental implants, and other teeth as well, are.

Foods Rich in Calcium

Calcium in a vitamin known so strengthen bones. Guess who one of the majors players in your dental implant’s health is? Your jawbone. As the name suggests, your jawbone is, indeed, a bone. That means consuming foods rich in calcium on a regular basis will be a major boon to the health and success of your dental implants.

The occasional indulgence in some yummy cheese can provide this calcium. Bear in mind though that cheese is not the lowest in fat on the food list. That’s why we label it an indulgence. Drinking a regular glass of low-fat milk can provide you with the same calcium-rich benefits that cheese can. Yogurt is also on the list of teeth friendly dairy products. Try eating some plain greek yogurt with fresh blueberries in it and a drizzle of honey for a real tantalizing treat for your teeth.

If you happen to be lactose intolerant, fear not. Calcium can be found in numerous foods and in vitamin form as well. Dairy may have proven itself a worthy friend to teeth, however, when it comes to other parts of your body, like the digestive system of a lactose intolerant person, calcium sources may want to be sought elsewhere. Broccoli, Bok Choy, White Beans and Collard Greens are just a few non-dairy sources in case you are one of our many patients with a sensitive tummy.

We hope a few of these tasty treats have stirred up a hankering for oral health in you.

Until next time readers, keep smiling.