Eating for Your Teeth and Gums as You Age

Thanks to advances in medicine and dentistry, people are keeping their natural teeth for much longer than before. However, you may find that your teeth and gums change as you age, making it harder to chew and maintain perfect oral health. Smile Designs Dentistry recommends that you use the following tips when eating for your aging teeth and gums.

1. Eat softer foods

Older adults often have health concerns that make it hard to chew. If that describes you, you can try chopping or shredding your meat, poultry, and fish. Alternatively, you can pick soft protein foods such as cooked dried beans, eggs, and peanut butter. Also, go for canned or cooked vegetables and fruits which are softer.

2. Eat leafy greens

Leafy greens are good for both your oral and overall health. These vegetables are low in calories but loaded with vitamins and minerals. The calcium in leafy greens such as spinach and kale helps to build tooth enamel. These greens also contain folic acid that has many health benefits.

3. Try Almonds

Almonds are good for your teeth because they are full of calcium and protein while being low in calories and sugar.

4. Flavor your foods with ginger

Ginger root is a great way to add flavor to your foods. Ginger is also a healing herb whose anti-inflammatory properties can promote healthy tissues in the mouth.

5. Add cheese and yogurt to your diet

Cheese and yogurt contain protein, calcium, and probiotics. The probiotics can help boost your immune system. Calcium and protein will strengthen your tooth enamel.  Cheese may also help lower your risk of tooth decay. However, avoid sugary yogurt, and mold-ripened or any unpasteurized soft cheeses.

6. Eat apples, carrots, and celery

Apples, carrots, and celery are nutritious and full of water and fiber. These foods stimulate saliva production in the mouth, and that lowers the risk of cavities. These foods also act a bit like a brush, scraping bacteria and food particles away from teeth.

Many older adults believe that their oral health routine is enough to protect them from cavities and gum disease. However, you can reinforce your brushing and flossing routine by eating the right food for your teeth and gums. Eat healthy meals and snacks, drink lots of water, and avoid sugary or acidic foods and drinks.