Maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing and scheduling regular checkups at Dr. Sandler’s La Costa area dental office are important, but what are some other good ways to keep your mouth healthy in between visits? Proper nutrition is key to staying healthy overall and can be very important for maintaining good oral health as well.
Carbohydrates are a building block for any healthy diet as they provide the body with energy. Carbohydrates are broken into two groups: complex and simple. Complex carbohydrates not only provide energy but have been shown to make it easier to maintain good health. Complex carbohydrates include certain fruits, pastas, vegetables, brown rice, and wheat bread which can help keep your mouth healthy between visits with Dr. Sandler, your dentist in the Carlsbad area.
Other beneficial foods include poultry, beef, nuts, eggs, and fish all of which provide protein which can help improve your immune system. Other vegetarian options include leafy greens like collard greens, lettuce, and spinach. Not only so they support your immune system but proteins are also vital in building up and maintaining muscle, connective tissue, skin, bones, and organs. A balanced and nutritious diet including the proper amount of protein can help keep your gums strong and healthy and lower your risk for gum disease.
Of course, everyone knows the importance of water for your overall health. Hydration helps cleanse the body and aids in digestion. A proper diet consists of around eight glasses of water a day. Water provides the hydration your body needs exposing your mouth to excess sugars that can be found in other drinks like juice and sodas, which could lead to problems such as cavities and tooth decay the next time you visit Dr. Sandler, your dentist in the La Jolla area.
If you have any further questions about eating habits that can help keep your mouth healthy contact Dr. Sandler at her La Costa area dental office. Call Solana Family Dental at (858) 345-4497 to schedule an appointment today.