Good oral hygiene is imperative to keeping our teeth clean and healthy, but did you know eating certain foods can also promote dental health?
Just like the rest of your body, your teeth and gums require specific vitamins and minerals to stay strong. Incorporating foods that are beneficial to your oral health helps strengthen your teeth and gums. Eating healthy foods can also prevent cavities and help reduce your risk of gum disease.
Foods that promote dental health
- Fruits and vegetables – Fruits and veggies are packed with vitamins and minerals that strengthen and support your gums, teeth and immune system. They have a high-water content and are fiber-rich to help keep your teeth clean and neutralize harmful acids. Some beneficial fruits and vegetables include: Apples, Celery, Strawberries, Pears, Leafy Greens, Carrots, Garlic, Broccoli.
- Nuts – Nuts are filled with vitamins and minerals like calcium and phosphorus that help promote strong teeth and bones. An added benefit of chewing nuts is that they are crunchy. Chewing stimulates saliva production which can reduce your risk for tooth decay. Especially beneficial are almonds, brazil nuts, and cashews.
- Cheese – Cheese is rich in calcium and helps promote strong teeth and bones. It helps to balance the pH in your mouth by reducing acid levels and bacteria in your mouth. Sharp cheddar, Swiss or Gruyere cheese are the most beneficial.
Always remember, you still need good oral hygiene no matter what you are eating!
These foods are not a replacement for daily brushing, flossing and 6-month checkups.
For more information regarding your oral health or to schedule an appointment
call the office of Dr. Leslie Anthony at 752-8161