We are always told what not to do growing up. As if life was some grand process of elimination and we were slowly waiting to knick every last possible vice of the list to suddenly be left with the perfect instructions of how to take care of ourselves. However, life isn’t this solely a process of eliminating the bad. Shouldn’t it be more about accepting the good? So when we hear all of the foods we’ve got to give up to have a healthy lifestyle, how do we counter this with all the good we still get to accept? What are the best foods for oral health anyway?
In previous posts (here, here, and here ) we’ve talked about how interrelated nutrition and oral health are. We’ve offered guides and introductory information on increasing the bioavailability and vitamin/mineral content of your diet, but now we want to offer a some simple foods that you can add to your diet to improve your dental health.
Nutrition is a highly controversial and debatable field. There are so many conflicting theories regarding which foods are the best for us to eat. So how did we determine which foods are best to add for your dental health and overall nutrition? We offer the pros and cons of four foods that you can add to your diet. Most of these will be a healthy choice opposed to the modern fast food and average starch diet and should still offer a delicious substitute as welL! Those who are looking to maximize their nutritional content will need to do comparative research which is what we’ve tried to offer here.
So here are four of the best foods for oral health.
Although high in cholesterol, high-quality butter is an essential healthy fat. Our body needs fat to absorb and store fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K). Butter is a rich source of Vitamins A, E, and K2. Replace cooking oil with butter for a richer flavor to your food and the healthy fats your body needs. It’s important that you get the highest quality butter you can find and afford. Grass-fed cows and organic ingredients are important to ensure your butter’s optimal nutritional value. Here is more information more on why butter is good for you.
If you have cholesterol problems you might want to talk to your doctor before implementing extra butter into your diet. Margarine and some oils are highly processed foods that contain trans-fats which are toxic for you. So keep this in mind when you are debating between fats.
Another healthy fat full of fat soluble vitamins: coconut oil, sesame oil, and olive oil are all good ways to add more nutrition to your diet. Processed vegetable oils are usually full of trans fats that are toxic to your body so it’s important that you use vegetable oils that like the three listed. They can be a great way to add dairy free fats to your diet and to add a lighter taste to stir-fry dishes and baked goods.
Not only is cheese a good source of protein and fat soluble vitamins, but it also attaches to your teeth and helps prevent acid from causing dental decay. Enough said. Click on the heading to check out our other blog post about the oral health benefits of cheese.
Raw Vegetables and Fruits
Alright so this might be the hardest one to stomach for many of us who group up on meat and starchy diets. However, the more you can convert your diet from mostly meats and less vegetables to mostly vegetables and less meats, the more health benefits you’ll encounter.
Raw vegetables and fruits help to cleanse your mouth, but also at their raw state is oftentimes when they are the most nutritionally available. Crispy fruits and veggies like apples, celery, carrots, and raw onions are a great source of vitamins and minerals and they help to fight bad breath. Avocados are a good source of healthy fats and delicious. Leafy greens like Kale and Spinach are a great source of minerals and their stringy texture helps keep your teeth clean.
The Best Food For Oral Health Will Make You Smile and Feel Brighter!
Alright, so hopefully these have served as a few examples of food that you can implement that aren’t too difficult. Remember, you can adjust to any situation. What separates humans from every other organism on the planet is that our anatomical structure is the most adaptable to new behaviors. That process of adaptation can sometimes be difficult to maintain but if you just give yourself a little time, eventually you’ll get used to a new diet that makes you feel like a whole new person!