Eating for a Healthy Smile - Best Foods for Your Teeth

We have all heard that sticky sugary foods can have negative impacts on our teeth, but what about the foods that are good for your teeth?

Best Foods for Your Teeth

Cheese

Studies have shown that eating cheese can raise the pH level in your mouth, therefore lowering the risk of tooth decay. Cheese also contains calcium and protein, nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel.

Yogurt

Loaded with probiotics, high in protein and calcium yogurt can help keep your smile healthy and happy. Learn more about the effects yogurt has on the mouth by reading, “Oral Health Benefits of Yogurt”.

Leafy Greens

The darker, the greener, the better! These luscious leafy greens are loaded with tons of nutrients that can help improve your overall health, but also keep your teeth strong and cavity-free.

Apples

This tasty treat is loaded with fiber and water. The action of eating an apple produces saliva in your mouth, which rinses away bacteria and food particles. The fibrous texture of the fruit also stimulates the gums.

Raw Veggies

Like apples, raw crunchy veggies can help produce saliva in the mouth to wash away bacteria and food particles which can lead to tooth decay. These vegetables are also loaded with nutrients for your overall health.

Water

Beneficial for so many reasons, drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help wash away bacteria that can lead to tooth decay.

Fatty Fish

Fish, like salmon, is high in protein and contains high levels of phosphorus which is an essential mineral for protecting tooth enamel.

Garlic

Definitely not a breath freshener, but garlic has antimicrobial properties, which can help fight tooth decay and especially periodontal disease.

Balance is Key

When eating for a healthy mouth, it is just like eating for overall health. Aim to eat a wide variety of foods and think color! Fill your plate with all the colors of the rainbow and aim to only eat whole natural foods. Think about only eating foods from the outer aisle of the grocery store. As always, if you have questions about the impact your diet may be having on your smile ask your dental hygienist or dentist at your next visit.



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