You often hear the saying "you are what you eat." You know that your diet affects your overall health, but did you know that what you eat has a direct impact on your oral health? You can make a few simple choices about foods and drinks to include in your everyday meals in order to boost your oral health. You should also be mindful of foods that you consume that can adversely affect your oral health, such as sugary desserts, and eat them in moderation. Here is a one day meal plan full of foods that support your oral health.
Breakfast: Whole grain oatmeal with green tea
It is important to start your day with food that gives you energy. Eat a bowl of whole grain oatmeal. Whole grain oats are high in phosphorus, which is beneficial for your teeth. Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body, and it is closely tied to bone and tooth health. Phosphorus fortifies your teeth as your enamel wears down from chewing, speaking, and grinding. Swap out your acidic cup of coffee for a healthy cup of green tea. A study done by the American Academy of Periodontology revealed that drinking green tea regularly helps to reduce symptoms of gingivitis, most likely because of the antioxidant catechin; this antioxidant reduces inflammation throughout the body.
Lunch: Turkey sandwich with cranberry spread
Lean proteins such as turkey contain phosphorus, which helps to strengthen your teeth. You can pair deli turkey with delicious cranberry spread. Recent research suggests that cranberries may help to reduce your risk of developing tooth decay. Cranberries may keep cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to the surface of your teeth. Make sure that you are using a cranberry spread that does not have a lot of artificial sugar added. Pair this sandwich with crunchy carrots, celery, and apples. The vigorous chewing required to break down these foods stimulates saliva production. Increased saliva in your mouth helps to wash away sugar and acid particles that stick to your teeth until you can brush your teeth again.
Dinner: Tilapia in Greek yogurt sauce
As previously discussed, lean proteins provide a boost of phosphorus for your teeth. Eating lean fish such as tilapia helps keep your mouth healthy and also benefits the rest of your body. Spice up your tilapia filet by mixing up a Greek yogurt sauce with a variety of spices, such as turmeric and dill. Dairy foods such as yogurt are rich in calcium. Like phosphorus, this mineral helps to strengthen your teeth. Getting enough calcium can also reduce your chances of suffering from tooth loss in late adulthood.
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