When we think of our diet, we tend to consider eating healthier foods because we want to look better from a BMI standpoint. We want to work on our beach bodies for the summertime. We want to look good in a swimsuit. That’s all well and good, but another less often discussed benefit of eating clean and healthy has to do with your oral health — which is being proven to be linked to your overall health in conclusive study after conclusive study.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research asserted that 10.41% of adults surveyed in the early 2000s age 20-64 were living with periodontal disease. The American Academy of Periodontology doesn’t give much of an optimistic impression for the 2010s, either, reporting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a study which found that 47.2% of American adults over 30 have mild, moderate, or severe periodontitis. The prevalence only grows as we age.

That’s why it’s important that we think about the foods we consume and what they do to our teeth. Many foods have harmful sugars and acids that can deteriorate your enamel, eating away at your teeth. Not just that, but if you brush right away after eating foods or drinking beverages high in acidity, it can actually do more harm to your teeth than good, acting as an abrasive agent to the enamel. Who needs those kind of complications?

It’s All About Those Veggies

First up to bat we have those leafy greens. Kale, watercress, spinach, the possibilities are endless! You can even buy mixed bags of goodies — if you’re physically active, we recommend “Power Greens,” which have broccoli florets, carrots, kale, spinach, and cabbage. They’re rich in calcium (which is great for your pearly whites) and packed with protein.

Other vegetables you want in your life: celery, carrots, broccoli.

Be Smart When it Comes to Almonds

Almonds are really good for your teeth — calcium and protein pack a one-two punch. Best of all, almonds are low in sugar. Eat them by the handful or throw them in your salad or stir-fry.

Dairy is All Right with Us, Too

Our vegan patients opt for no dairy diets, but cheese and yogurt are both high in calcium and protein, which raises the pH levels in your mouths, lowering risk of tooth decay. So, if you wanna keep up dairy, that’s fine. Good bacteria from yogurt and cheese also beat out harmful bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities.

Eating well will give you a great leg up when it comes to your oral health, which will set you up for an amazing life of great overall health as well. That’s what we’re all about at Atlantic Family Dentistry. We build healthy smiles for the entire family. Schedule an appointment for your next check-up today.