A generous grant from the United Ways of Texas allowed the TDA Smiles Foundation to create Cavity Free Corral, an education program that teaches children and adults the importance of proper nutrition and oral hygiene habits. Held in conjunction with Texas Mission of Mercy events, Cavity Free Corral provides educational materials on disease prevention.
What are the best foods for your dental health?
Water, especially optimally fluoridated water, is the best beverage for maintaining your oral health. That’s because fluoride helps to make teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that can cause cavities.
Milk, and other dairy products such as cheese and yogurt, are low in sugar, which is a good thing for your dental health. Plus, they contain protein and are full of calcium, which can help to strengthen your teeth.
Phosphorus-rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish, milk, and eggs help to strengthen your teeth and contain valuable protein.
Nuts contain protein and minerals important for overall health. In addition, nuts that are low in carbohydrates don’t add to your risk of cavities.
FRUITS & VEGGIES
Fruits and vegetables are an important part of any balanced diet, and they are also good for your teeth. Since they are high in water and fiber, they help to balance the sugars they contain and help to clean your teeth.
Oral Health Habits
A healthy mouth leads to a healthy body. You are never too young or too old to adopt proper oral health habits. Here are a few to get you on the right track!
Visit Your Dentist – Regular trips to your dentist are about more than just maintenance; they are an important preventative measure that will save you time and money down the road. Your dentist can catch early signs of disease, help you develop healthy habits, and be a vital part of your care team.
Brush and Clean Between Your Teeth Daily – Healthy habits like brushing and cleaning between your teeth go a long way in preventing cavities and keeping a healthy smile. Remember to brush for two minutes, twice a day, and floss once daily.
Protect Your Smile – Prevent damage to your pearly whites throughout the day and while you play. Sealants are a safe and effective coating that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth. Mouthguards can protect your teeth during contact sports.
Practice Healthy Nutrition Habits – What you put in your mouth affects your general health and that of your teeth and gums. Discover foods that are good for your dental health, and reduce sugary snacking for kids.
Drink Water From the Tap – The healthiest beverage for your teeth is water—especially if it’s fluoridated. Studies show drinking water with fluoride can help prevent tooth decay by at least 25%.
Know What to Look for at Every Stage of Life – With the proper care, your teeth can last you a lifetime. Although different ages and stages in life may require different types of care, good dental health possible whether you’re 8 or 80.