As a young adult, we tend to indulge ourselves with burgers, fries, soda, and a montage of other heart stopping, over indulgent foods without thought. We are always told, “You are what you eat”. But what does that really mean and why?
Maintaining a healthy diet is the key to a long life and active life style. Our body’s require nutrients from fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, fish and dairy products. Many of our “fast foods”, while satisfying our hunger urge, lack the nutritional requirements our body’s need while adding unnecessary calories to our diet. Without the appropriate minerals and vitamins being feed into the body, your body can feel sluggish causing a number of problems short term and long term.
Most people don’t consider their teeth into the healthy eating equation. Foods high in sugar create an acid that attacks the enamel on your teeth. Products with fructose or high fructose corn syrup( a sugar) which is found in a number of processed foods create the same effect as sugar. Fructose can be found in many breakfast cereals, breads, cookies, soda, crackers, dairy products, and so on.
So what can you do to help your body and your teeth? Try substituting a bag of chips or that cupcake for a healthier option. Also regular brushing and flossing after every meal is recommended. Below is a list of 5 Foods to help keep your teeth and body healthy.
- 1. Cheese– low in sugar and acid and high in calcium
- 2. Fresh Raw Vegetables– fresh veggies are good for teeth because their fibrous nature requires chewing
- 3. Fresh Fruit– , Fresh Fruits are good for teeth because their fibrous nature requires chewing like vegetables
- 4. Yogurt– Contains calcium and phosphates that re-mineralize the teeth
- 5. Sesame Oil– Sesame seeds are thought to reduce plaque and help re-mineralize tooth enamel
J.C. Duncan, DDS, FAGD
J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone: (704) 266-1486
Fax: (704) 948-1969
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