June 30, 2021
A lot of the time, you are hearing about all of the delicious foods that are harmful for your smile or other areas of your body. The good news is that not all foods are bad for you. In fact, there are some snacks that can do wonders for your teeth and gums. Continue reading to learn more about some of the scrumptious foods and drinks that you can freely enjoy for the sake of maintaining excellent oral health.
Dairy products, like cheese, are great for your dental health because they are good sources of calcium. This mineral is necessary for you to maintain strong teeth and bones. Cheese and milk also contain the casein protein, which stabilizes and repairs enamel. When you pick out a cheese, be sure to check how much of your daily recommended calcium intake it will provide for you.
Spinach and other leafy greens are loaded with fiber. They are great for your teeth because they require lots of chewing and increase your salivary production. This will help to clean away any lingering food particles and bacteria in the mouth. Try adding a side salad to your meal.
Apples, Pears, Carrots, and Celery
High fiber fruits and veggies are great for your dental health because they help to increase your saliva production. This helps to prevent dry mouth. Carrots and celery are great sources of vitamin C and vitamin A. Apples provide hydration and help to satisfy your sweet tooth in the place of sugary sweets.
Wild salmon is high in omega-3s and is a great source of vitamin D. Without vitamin D, your body wouldn’t be able to absorb the calcium it needs to protect and strengthen your teeth.
This drink helps to control the number of bacteria and lower the overall acidity in the mouth. It contains powerful polyphenols which have been shown to reduce the harmful bacteria that are responsible for causing tooth decay. Loose leaf green tea also contains small amount of a natural mineral called “fluoride,” which is known for its tooth strengthening properties.
This nut is great for your teeth because it’s a good source of calcium and protein. It is also low in sugar. Instead of reaching for potato chips as a snack, have some salted almonds.
If you aren’t already, try adding a few of these items to your menu. Your smile will be thanking you!
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for more than 30 years. He earned his dental doctorate from the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans and has completed thousands of hours of continuing education to keep his knowledge and skills sharp. To learn more about maintaining excellent oral health or to schedule an appointment at his office in Marrero, visit his website or call (504) 348-0080.
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