January 2, 2020
A survey conducted by YouGov estimates that about 43% of people who make New Year’s resolutions commit to eating healthier in the upcoming year. Are you one of them? If you are, good for you! Not only are heathier foods a great choice for your health and waistline, but they benefit your oral health too! If you didn’t resolve to eat healthier when the clock struck midnight on December 31st, you should consider it. Even if you don’t have designs for losing weight in the upcoming year, smile-friendly foods can help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease, as well as lower your risk of systemic health conditions! Read on to find out how you can improve your health and your smile with the food you eat this year.
Link Between a Healthy Mouth and Body
Researchers continue to be astonished as they discover more and more connections between oral and overall health. Numerous studies throughout the years and across the country find that the health of your mouth influences the health of your body, and vice versa. For example, if you have a health issue like osteoporosis or diabetes, the earliest symptoms may show up in your mouth at your regular dental checkup. Conversely, oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease can negatively influence the rest of your body. Those who take good care of their oral health are statistically less likely to suffer from heart disease, pregnancy complications, strokes, and Alzheimer’s’ disease. So how can you change your diet to keep your teeth happy and your body healthy?
Smile-Friendly Snack Suggestions
As you create your new diet for the New Year, try to cut out as many sugary snacks as you can. This is one of the best ways to keep the natural bacteria in your mouth under control, which will prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and larger health issues. Instead, substitute them with smile-friendly options like:
- Dairy products like cheese and yogurt. These are famously rich in calcium, which strengthens your bones and your teeth.
- Foods with phosphorous like chicken and fish. Phosphorus is a mineral that boosts the efficiency of calcium as it builds stronger teeth.
- Fiber-rich foods like crunchy vegetables. Healthy foods with fiber help scrub plaque and bacteria off your teeth as you eat them, protecting your healthy smile.
- Snacks with Vitamin C like pineapples, oranges, and broccoli. Vitamin C boosts your immune system, which keeps your gums healthy and able to fight off gum disease.
Switch up your snacking in the upcoming year. Eating healthier is a great New Year’s resolution that can help you lose weight, feel better, and protect your happy, healthy smile!
About the Practice
Dr. Kari Blankenship and Dr. Bhavita Patel of Dental Renaissance Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Plano, TX share a passion for revitalizing smiles and preventing oral health issues. They each have over a decade of experience in the field of dentistry and use modern dental technology to provide efficient and comfortable dental healthcare. If you’d like to know more ways you can keep your smile beautiful and healthy this year, feel free to contact them at their website or (972) 423-0880.
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