Eat Better, Feel Better
When you feel good, it shows in your smile. Eating a healthy diet that is full of fresh fruit, whole grains and vegetables is the best way to fuel your soul. Unfortunately, misaligned teeth and other oral health issues can make it difficult to chew through raw produce. As you explore the many benefits offered by eating a nutritious diet, here is what you should know about how it can affect your smile.
Vegetables Are Nature’s Toothbrushes
Many people are unaware that eating fresh vegetables can help remove plaque from their teeth. As you chew foods such as carrots and celery, they create a gentle abrasive action that scrapes off food debris that is left behind after meals. This action is even more effective after you have your teeth alignment corrected with braces.
Vitamins Bolster Oral Health
It is also important to make sure you consume a diet that is full of vitamins and minerals that are good for your teeth. For example, milk and cheese contain calcium that is essential for strengthening your teeth, and your orthodontist will recommend foods containing vitamin C for improving the health of your gums.
A Healthy Diet Is Possible With Treatment
Although having braces does come with some dietary restrictions, most of them involve unhealthy foods such as sticky candy and gum. Removing these foods from your diet will make you feel good in the long run. Your orthodontist can also provide ideas for continuing to eat fruits and vegetables during your treatment such as chopping them up or steaming them for meals.
Planning a healthy diet is the best way to feel good, and your teeth play a valuable role in helping you get every ounce of nutrition from your food. At Nease and Higginbotham Orthodontics, we love talking nutrition so give us a call today to make an appointment and find out more about how braces can make you smile brighter inside and out.
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