Long Island Dentist Explains ‘Dental Diet’
We all know that the calcium from milk helps make our teeth strong, but some components of a good “dental diet” are less well known, says Dr. Linda Golden, owner of Golden Dental Wellness, in Manhasset.
“While the bulk of the healthy dental diet mirrors a healthy normal diet—lean proteins with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables—there are a few special dental concerns to address: maintaining a healthy microbiome, reducing the amount of inflammation in the mouth and limiting sugar intake,” she says.
Prebiotics and probiotics are essential for keeping the oral microbiome balanced, and fermented foods like kimchi, miso and sauerkraut feed “good” gut bacteria, Golden says. In addition, try to get around 30 grams of fiber every day. In addition to popular fiber sources like raspberries, beans and almonds, Golden recommends eating foods like split peas and chia seeds to hit that goal.
Gingivitis, or severe inflammation of the gums, can lead to more serious health problems, so Golden suggests several foods to stop the disease in its tracks. “One important macronutrient that you can add to stop inflammation is Omega-3 fats, commonly found in salmon, tuna or fish-oil supplements. Another quick trick to reduce inflammation is green tea. Drinking a cup—or pot!—of this superfood not only decreases inflammation but also restores pH balance to your mouth.”
Finally, a quick word on sugars.
“It turns out that eating a large amount of sugar infrequently is less harmful than eating a moderate amount of sugar every day,” she says. “A good rule of thumb set forth by the World Health Organization is to limit your sugar intake to less than 10 percent of your total daily calories. You can replace traditional sugars with artificial Splenda or Equal since they don’t promote cavities.”
For more information about diets for total body health and dental health, schedule an appointment with Golden Dental Wellness Center, located at 444 Community Dr., Ste. 204,
Manhasset, NY. Contact the office at 516-627-8400.