It’s officially fall in Olathe, KS today. Autumn can often mean slowing down a bit to enjoy life, but sometimes, schedules can stay hectic. Hectic schedules can mean skipping breakfast or grabbing something from a drive-thru. However, there is a reason that breakfast is known as the “most important meal of the day.” It sets the tone for your day’s nutrition and it provides your body fuel to get you through. To keep a breakfast healthy for your smile, there are a few things to keep in mind:
#1 – Chew Your Fruits
Smoothies are known as a healthy, nutritious choice. While smoothies do pack a lot of health into one drink, they also minimize some of the benefits of fruit while maximizing the sugar. When you can, remember to chew your fruit. Chewing on fruits and vegetables can get the saliva in your mouth flowing, which can keep bacteria moving instead of sticking to your teeth and gums. If you have a choice between drinking apple juice or eating an apple, eating the apple is a healthier choice for your smile.
#2 – Avoid Sugary Starch
A lot of breakfast foods fall under the sugary starch category: waffles, bagels, cereal, pastries, donuts, and this list goes on and on. The first problem with these types of breakfasts is that it doesn’t provide sustainable energy. The problem for your smile is that sugar and starch are feasts for harmful oral bacteria. Leaving the residue from your breakfast donut on your smile all day can raise your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
#3 – Add Some Dairy
Dairy, like milk, cheese, and yogurt, contains important calcium that helps keep your teeth strong. Yogurt also contains phosphates that can help remineralize the enamel of your teeth (just be sure to pick the kinds without added sugar).
#4 – Easy on the Acids
Acidic food and drinks can raise the acidity of your mouth and increase your risks of a problem. Opt for water in the morning or drink your acidic drink (like coffee) with a sip of water between sips.
A Healthy Breakfast Can Benefit Your Smile
Mindful nutrition can help keep your smile beautiful and healthy. To schedule a consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.