With the New Year well underway, many of us have vowed to take control of our health by making better decisions when it comes to our eating habits. Whether weight loss or the overall status of your health are fueling your decisions, making good food choices can also make a positive impact on your oral health. Just as a doctor or dietitian may suggest avoiding soda, alcohol, and caffeine to help combat weight gain and other health-related issues, your Pittsburgh endodontist or dentist would suggest the same when it comes to combating tooth pain, gum sensitivity and bad breath.
This month, your friends at Endodontics in Cranberry are sharing 3 simple food tips that will help you get back on track with your oral health.
Taking the time to meal prep means taking the guessing game out of cooking. When you’re make a menu ahead of time, you are making a conscious decision on the ingredients you plan to cook with. Create balanced meal rich in proteins, grains and vegetables. And, with so many online resources available, it’s easy to pick out several quick and healthy meals to prepare in advance. This is also an ideal routine for working parents who sometimes struggle to get a home-cooked meal on the table every night.
An overindulgence in greasy and fatty foods tend to linger in your mouth and get stuck in your teeth, creating the perfect storm for cavities and eventual tooth decay. And while we know there are going to be days you simply have to grab take-out, do your best to limit these occurrences by meal prepping.
Plain water is the number one beverage recommended by Pittsburgh endodontists, dentists, doctors and dietitians. After all, water makes up almost 60% of the human adult body, contains zero fats, proteins, carbs, or calories, keeps you full, and is essential for cell-production. But for some water can get boring, so they opt for sports drinks, flavored lattes or carbonated sodas loaded with added sugars, ultimately wrecking-havoc on our oral health. To spice up your water intake without adding unwanted sugars, cut up your favorite fruits or veggies like lemons, cucumbers, strawberries, and blueberries and let the water sit or chill overnight for a refreshing twist the next day.
Did you know, apples with skins naturally clean your teeth by helping remove plaque and stains thanks to the skins fibrous make up. This in turn fights bad breath. The protein in nuts helps build strong pearly whites. And because chewing nuts promotes saliva production, they help clear out the acids that cause cavities. Many know cheese is high in calcium which helps aid in strong bones, but cheese also help strengthen tooth enamel and puts you less at risk for cavities. And, while you can always opt for the apple slices, a handful of nuts or string cheese, thanks to the upswing in calcium-dense dairy (and non-dairy) yogurts or high-protein/fiber-rich bean and nut powders, super-food ingredients are taking over the snack aisle. Whether you have sweet or salty craving, there are plenty of satisfying alternatives to the mid-morning donut run or mid-afternoon trip to the vending machine.
Remember, good oral health isn’t just flossing and brushing, it starts from within! If you live in Pittsburgh, you don’t have to live with tooth pain. Pittsburgh endodontist Dr. Semashko and his helpful team at Endodontics in Cranberry is here to help with all your tooth pain, gum disease and root canal needs. Call us at 724-452-7080. And remember NO REFERRALS NEEDED!