It’s Time to Spring Clean your Oral Health

Andrea Breaux
3 min readApr 2

Here are nifty nutrients that help.

As the Irish proverb goes, “laughter is brightest where food is best” — a great saying to think of when you’re with friends and family and showing off your pearly whites. But what if neglecting your oral health has made you self-conscious about your teeth? Then what?

Whatever you put into your mouth will affect your teeth and gums. So, if it’s soft, sticky, and gooey like ultra-processed food, most of it will stay on your teeth and give a satisfying meal to bacteria — resulting in cavities.

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that feed on carbohydrates, such as bread, cereal, milk, soda, cake, and candy. The bacteria then produce acids which mix with food debris and saliva to form a sticky plaque that adheres to the tooth enamel. This acid then wears away the enamel, leading to the formation of cavities.

Did you know that tooth decay is an infectious disease and the second most common after the common cold? -PubMed

You likely already know that brushing your teeth at least twice daily with the correct toothbrush and drinking water can help safeguard your choppers, but what other steps can you take to avoid pricey cavities or more deadly mouth issues? How do you move forward?

Eating right is one of the most essential factors in achieving and keeping good oral health. A well-rounded diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins supplies the necessary nutrients to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Eating plenty of antioxidant-rich foods can also help protect against oral disease by bolstering your immune system and fighting off infection-causing bacteria.

Vitamin A can help stave off dry mouth, lowering the risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Eating oranges and other orange-colored fruits and vegetables, like apricots, cantaloupe, pumpkin, carrots, and sweet potatoes, is an excellent way to get your daily dose of this nutrient.

Vitamin C has antioxidants that help oral health, such as reducing gum inflammation. It also has malic acid, which provides natural whitening properties. Include vitamin C-rich foods in your meals and snacks daily, like apples, pears, strawberries, pineapples, tomatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, and…

Andrea Breaux

Andrea started based on her goal to inspire a shift in consciousness that recognizes food-as-medicine as the core of good health.