Proper nutrition plays a key role in maintaining one’s overall health, and when it comes to keeping your smile in optimal condition, it’s important that you are mindful of your dietary choices. One of the ways that you can set yourself up for success every day is to start with a healthy breakfast — read on for some breakfast ideas that are good for your teeth…
Every time you eat, the food particles left behind in your mouth cause bacteria to build up on your teeth. These bacteria can then produce harmful acids that attack the enamel of your teeth. It contributes to issues like dental erosion and tooth decay. The foods that can lead to plaque build-up and acid attacks are those with refined carbohydrates and sugars. Some of the most common culprits include bread and sugary cereals.
To prevent damage to your teeth, you should choose foods that help to neutralise acid on the teeth. These include options like nuts, apples, and pears. Other breakfast foods that are good for your teeth include calcium-rich yoghurt, smoothies, and omelettes. If you enjoy starting your day with toast or cereal, try to choose whole grain and low-sugar varieties.
The unfortunate reality is that many popular breakfast cereals are packed with sugar. It can do your smile more harm than good. It’s always a good idea to check the labels to see how much sugar is in your favourite cereal. Try to choose cereals that are high in whole grains and contain minimal sugar. It’s also worth keeping an eye out for high levels of fat and sodium, as these can be detrimental to your health.
The good news is that there are healthy options available. Try hot cereals like oatmeal, cream of wheat, and bulghur for a teeth-friendly breakfast. All these go well with added milk or yoghurt, as well as fresh fruits and berries.
Homemade smoothies are a good choice for a healthy, balanced breakfast. It’s possible to customise your smoothie according to your preferences. Combine all the food groups into one meal. Blend your favourite fruits or berries with the milk or yoghurt of your choice. Add some leafy greens and/or nuts for an extra boost of nutrition. Yoghurt and milk are excellent sources of calcium. It is a mineral that plays a key role in keeping the teeth and bones strong and healthy.
For a protein-rich breakfast, you might consider an omelette. Eggs are packed with nutrients. It’s possible to add some cheese, as well as calcium-rich vegetables like spinach, kale, or collard greens.
At Kitchener Street Dental, we love to help our patients maintain healthy smiles in the long term. We understand that a balanced diet is important to enjoy oral and overall health. If you have any questions about nutrition and its impact on your teeth and gums, please don’t hesitate to raise them with our team. We are also available to discuss any other concerns you have. We will provide all the information you need to keep your smile in excellent condition.
Besides making good dietary choices, we also encourage our patients to practise proper oral hygiene every day and to come in and see us for regular check-ups and cleans. We provide a range of dentistry services, including general, restorative, and cosmetic treatments. If you would like to find out more about the full scope of services we offer, please have a look here.
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