As the saying goes, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Whether this statement is true or not, most of us enjoy some kind of breakfast. However, are you considering your dental health when you eat breakfast?
Here are 9 foods to include in your breakfast that will keep you full and help keep your teeth healthy and strong.
Whether you’re a fan of Granny Smith, Fuji, or Honeycrisp, apples are a good fruit to include in your breakfast.
Often referred to as “nature’s toothbrush”, the rough texture of apples helps scrub plaque off your teeth, while stimulating your gums. Also, chewing on crunchy fruits and vegetables helps stimulate saliva flow, rinsing your mouth of food particles and bacteria.
Remember, however, that apples aren’t a substitute for brushing and flossing your teeth.
High in calcium and protein, dairy products like yogurt help remineralize your enamel and keep it strong.
Some evidence shows that probiotics (good bacteria) help reduce plaque and promote healthy gums; yogurt is packed with probiotics.
Because they’re also high in calcium and protein, consider adding a handful of almonds to your yogurt. Almonds are low in sugar, so they aren’t as big a threat to your enamel and they actually help fight bacteria that produce the enamel-eroding acid.
Low-fat or fat-free milk is a great beverage to wash down your breakfast. Rich in phosphorus, calcium, and Vitamin D (which helps you better absorb calcium), milk is a great way to remineralize and strengthen your enamel.
Drinking milk also helps to neutralize the acids in your mouth, which are produced by the bacteria in plaque.
Consider having a glass of milk as the last part of your breakfast because it will have a greater impact.
White bread can stick to your teeth, providing a place for bacteria to grow in your mouth and produce tooth-decaying acid. While whole-wheat bread can also stick to your teeth, bacteria don’t grow as quickly with whole-grain foods.
Also, whole grains have magnesium in them, which helps you better absorb calcium.
A great food to pair with your whole-wheat toast or yogurt is a hard-boiled egg.
Egg yolks are full of Vitamin D, which helps you better absorb calcium and maintain strong teeth. They also contain calcium and phosphorus, both of which help remineralize and strengthen your enamel.
If you want a type of meat to pair with your eggs and toast, lean meats are the best option for both your dental health and overall health. Turkey has phosphorus, which helps rebuild your enamel and keep your teeth strong.
If you have acidic food in your breakfast, brush before you eat or wait at least 30 minutes after you eat to brush your teeth. The best drink to have during and after your breakfast is water; this helps wash away the food particles and bacteria in your mouth.
Remember to maintain a good dental routine — brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and visit the dentist every six months for a dental cleaning.
For more information or to schedule a dental appointment, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Sugar Land, Texas. We are committed to providing you and your family with expert dental care.