orthodontist kansas city ksIf you want to know how to optimize your oral health, start with your diet! Some foods are worse for your teeth than others and can lead to cavities and gum disease. To maintain good dental health, eat foods low in sugar and carbohydrates – sugar contributes to tooth decay and can damage your teeth. However, there are some other surprising tips to keep your teeth strong! Our orthodontist in Kansas City, KS, explains more below.

General Tips

The best foods for your teeth are those that are in fiber and contain nutrients that benefit your mouth and gums. These include calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Avoid processed foods, sugary drinks, candy, acidic foods, and high-carb foods. 

Foods to Avoid

Some foods that should be limited or avoided include:

  • Soda, including diet soda, should be limited. In addition to the sugar content, sodas contain acid that can damage your teeth.
  • Dried fruit – since it lacks water, dried fruit can be just as bad as candy in leaving behind sugar that feeds decay-causing bacteria.
  • Beans and lentils – these are healthy food choices! However, they contain phytic acid that binds to nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D, and magnesium, making it harder for your teeth to absorb them. You can reduce phytic acid by soaking your beans and lentils overnight before cooking. 

Dental Health-Promoting Foods

While we know what to avoid, keep in mind that some foods promote great oral health! Some of these include:

  • Dairy products are high in vitamin K2, which is essential for healthy teeth. 
  • Fatty fish, like salmon, is high in vitamin D, which can help reduce the risk of tooth decay.
  • Leafy greens like spinach, kale, chard, and arugula are prebiotics that healthy oral bacteria feed on and promote a healthy mouth. Greens also leave your teeth feeling cleaner. 

Contact Our Orthodontist in Kansas City, KS, Today!

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about braces, Invisalign, or other orthodontia-related topics from our orthodontist, feel free to contact Burleson Orthodontics by calling 816.759.0123.

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Our Briarcliff Village Orthodontics Office
4135 N. Mulberry Drive,
Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone: 816-384-0801
Hours: Monday – Saturday with morning, afternoon
and evening appointments available

Our Liberty Orthodontics Office
5 Westowne Drive, Suite 502
Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 816.384.0356
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm,
Saturday 8:00am – 12:00pm

Our Raymore Orthodontics Office
401 Laurus Drive
Raymore, MO 64083
Phone: 816.945.6927
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm,
Saturday 8:00am – 12:00pm

Our Briarcliff Village Orthodontics Office
4135 N. Mulberry Drive,
Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone: 816-384-0801
Hours: Monday – Saturday with morning, afternoon
and evening appointments available

Our Liberty Orthodontics Office
5 Westowne Drive, Suite 502
Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 816.384.0356
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm,
Saturday 8:00am – 12:00pm

Our Raymore Orthodontics Office
401 Laurus Drive
Raymore, MO 64083
Phone: 816.945.6927
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm,
Saturday 8:00am – 12:00pm

 

The award-winning Kansas City orthodontists and Kansas City pediatric dentists of Burleson Orthodontics specialize in dental care for your baby or child and the most advanced types of braces for children, teens and adults. With three convenient orthodontic offices in Kansas City, MO, Liberty, MO, and Raymore, MO, there is sure to be an office near you. Call 816.384.0801 today for your or your child's complimentary, no-obligation consultation for braces or Invisalign today!

 

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