May 22nd, 2019
While it is widely known that dairy and vegetables provide benefits for your teeth, there are other foods that can also have a positive impact. The professional staff at Gilbert Orthodontics offers the following food list:
This one may come as a surprise, but red meat contains vitamin B12, protein, and iron. Having a hamburger as a treat every now and then will help your gums stay healthy. Gum health is related to general health.
• Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps produce red blood cells in the body. If vitamin B12 is deficient in your body, the red blood cells will become an abnormal shape and will not supply oxygen efficiently. A low-oxygen state increases the risk of oral infections.
• Protein gives your body energy and helps you to build muscle. A typical hamburger contains 30 grams of protein, which provides the phosphorous required to maintain the teeth and jaw.
• Iron distributes oxygen in your body, which prevents you from developing painful sores in your mouth. A sufficient oxygen state also keeps bacteria in check. This lowers the risk for infection and other problems with the teeth and gums.
Sardines and salmon are fatty fish that provide you with vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s protect teeth and their roots by preventing decay. They also act as a strong anti-inflammatory in the spaces between gums and teeth. Vitamin D assists the body in absorbing calcium to prevent gum disease, tooth decay and undeveloped teeth. Sardines also contain fluoride, which allows tooth enamel to remineralize. This prevents both cavities and decay.
Ginger is a natural and tasty solution to removing plaque and reducing gum inflammation. Chewing on a chunk of raw ginger prevents cavities, gingivitis and infections by stopping sugars from attaching to the surface of the teeth and forming dangerous biofilm. To get the most out of using ginger, ensure that it is fresh and organic.
Almonds are a healthy snack in general, but you can also eat them to have strong and healthy teeth. This is because almonds contain fiber and calcium. Chewing a fiber-rich food encourages saliva production, which is good for teeth. The calcium helps to build them up.
Another surprisingly beneficial food is dark chocolate. An organic, high-quality, low-sugar chocolate made from at least 70 percent cocoa contains a nutrient called CBH that prevents decay and helps enamel get harder. Even though this type of chocolate is healthier than others, you still need to brush your teeth after eating it.
Water is not a food, but it is very important for saliva production. Saliva breaks down food and reduces the bacterial load in your mouth. It is also essential for having fresh breath, preventing tooth decay and staining from food.
Most orthodontic treatment plans can take from 18 months to three years to complete. Even if the patient does not have a chronic sweet tooth, they are likely to have a candy craving at some point while wearing braces. If you are wondering if having some candy just once would be that bad, the answer is yes. It can actually undo months of hard work in your orthodontic treatment. Those who have braces should consider the following before reaching for that candy bar.
Candy contains a great deal of sugar, and this is not good for your health, regardless of wearing braces or not. Sugar, and carbohydrates in general, provide fuel for bacterial growth that damages teeth. If you do not wear clear braces that are removable for proper oral hygiene, candy can quickly become a problem. The bands, brackets and wires of metal braces are a fertile ground for decay because there so many places for sugar to hide and bacteria to start spreading.
You may also think that the type of candy makes a difference. Whether the candy is soft, hard, gooey or sticky, it is bad for your braces. The hard and chewy types of candy are the worst because they stress the teeth when you bite down on them. This can cause wires and brackets to break and pop off, requiring a trip to the orthodontist for repair. This alone should deter you from giving in to your desire for candy.
Having a sweet tooth is a difficult thing when you are wearing braces. Sugar can be as addicting as drugs, making it very hard to say no when the craving hits. There are a few treats that you can have without compromising your treatment. Reach for the following foods when you just cannot say no:
• Dark chocolate. This type of chocolate is much lower in sugar and has fewer carbohydrates, making it a healthier choice than a regular candy bar.
• Sugar-free gum. No sugar to stick to your braces, and it will keep your breath fresh as well.
• Cookies. These treats have less sugar than candy and are less likely to cause problems with your treatment.
• Ice cream. This turns into liquid in your mouth and will not cause the bacterial buildup that leads to decay.
• Milkshakes and smoothies. Like ice cream, these can be easily rinsed from your mouth after consumption.
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