The mouth is a window into the rest of the body. Not only does what you eat and drink directly affect your heart, lungs, liver and other vital organs, the mouth is the first line of defense against harmful bacteria. Saliva prevents disease-causing organisms such as bacteria and viruses from entering the bloodstream. If the mouth is not properly maintained, your body may be subject to other infections such as gingivitis and periodontitis. These infections prevent saliva from acting as the first line of defense, and mouth diseases can decrease the power of the immune system. What you put into your mouth plays a direct role in your overall healthcare.
Periodontal disease is linked to low blood levels of vitamins and minerals. To maintain healthy teeth and gums, there are a few crucial vitamins that you should include in your diet. Calcium, phosphorus, protein, zinc, iron, and antioxidants are a few of the many daily vitamins to consume if you want a healthy mouth.
Good Foods for Your Teeth
Non-processed foods that are nutrient-rich with plenty of lean protein are the best foods for your mouth. Foods such as leafy green vegetables, beans, fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt, and hard aged cheeses will provide your body with enough vitamins and minerals to sustain healthy saliva levels and combat plaque. Raw, crunchy fruit and vegetables stimulate saliva glands with the naturally-occurring xylitol. As a side note, chew gum that has the ADA seal of approval for a quick and easy saliva cleanse after a meal.
Good Drinks for Your Teeth
Limit added sugars found in food and drinks. Soda, fruit juice, energy drinks, and candy all contain enamel-corroding sugar. Energy drinks have a particularly low pH level, and regular consumption can speed up the wear of your teeth. Before drinking soda, ask yourself if it’s worth the health risks, and make sure to rinse with water.
Get a Cleaning Today!
Regardless of what you eat or drink, brushing, flossing and regularly visiting the dentist are the best ways to maintain a healthy mouth. Since 1986, Dr. Mei has been helping Michigan residents keep their teeth clean. He is an active member of the Michigan Dental Association Peer Review, and he has been nominated as a top dentist by Hour Magazine.
Call 313.563.4466 for a teeth cleaning today or visit our website for more information about our services . Dr. Mei and his team are committed to providing patients with an affordable, comfortable dental experience.