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 Tips on Foods Good for Oral Health

Many people have a phobia about going to a dentist, but gentle dental services can set your fears at rest. Dr. Ferullo offers the most cutting edge laser dentistry that all but eliminates the involvement of drills or needles. Our downtown St. Petersburg office strives to alleviate your anxiety and make sure your visits are stress free.  But there are things you can do to help improve your oral health during your everyday life, especially your diet.

The Importance of Nutrition and Oral Health

Do you take good care of your teeth? When you eat you probably think more of your taste buds, your overall health, or even your medical problems that can be exacerbated by diet (think obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney and heart problems). You may not even consider your oral health when eating.

It is important that you do your part to meet your nutritional needs that contribute to good oral health. While you may be brushing with the right toothbrush, the correct toothpaste, and even flossing, using mouthwashes and more, these may simply not be sufficient to maintain oral health. You should visit your dentist for the best dental hygiene advice and for gentle dental services.

Habits for Good Oral Health

It is a good idea to visit your dentist regularly to ensure that you maintain good oral health and for gentle dental check-ups. Your friendly St. Petersburg dentist will give you a thorough mouth check-up that will help nip any incipient dental problems in the bud through gentle dental services.

Calcium and Your Oral Health

At the same time, you have to take care of your oral health. You may already know that calcium is important for healthy teeth. While parents may ensure that children drink sufficient milk, do you? Are your daily calcium needs met either through the right foods that are rich in calcium or via calcium supplements? Calcium rich foods include milk and milk products including cheese, yogurt, tofu, almonds, and seeds. Don’t forget that Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption so if you don’t get enough sun then do take some Vitamin D supplement.

What Foods Are Beneficial to Your Teeth?

Other foods that improve oral health and meet your daily nutritional needs as well include:

Fiber – Foods that are fibrous help clean the teeth and neutralize acids and enzymes that contribute to tooth decay. They also increase the flow of saliva. Don’t forget the fiber-rich foods also help with bowel regularity and are lower in calories. So get your daily quota of fruits and vegetables like pears, apples, lots of leafy greens, carrots, and celery. A healthy bowl of salad will help too!

Antioxidants – These help with prevent plaque and foods containing lots of antioxidants include colored fruits and vegetables like berries, plums, grapes, eggplant, pumpkin, beetroot, colored peppers, and others.

Protein – Lean meat, fish, poultry, eggs are good sources of protein that help strengthen gums, and teeth. Fatty fish is also rich in Vitamin D. These foods are also a valuable source of phosphorous.

Water – The best beverage for your oral health is water. It acts as a natural rinse since it removes sugars and acids from your mouth. Fluoridated water is even better for oral health since fluorine helps prevent tooth decay.


Contact Dr. Ferullo for Gentle Dental Services in St. Petersburg

Are you looking for a dentist in St. Petersburg? If you suffer from any dental problems or are just concerned for your oral health then give Dr. Ferullo a call at (727) 822-8101 and avail the services of a friendly, St. Petersburg Gentle Dental dentist.

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