5 Foods that Promote Your Oral Health

Everyone wants an attractive smile. It makes you look and feel more confident. But the building blocks of a beautiful smile are the same habits that also make your mouth healthier.

Similar to many aspects of your physical health, your diet plays a major role in your oral health, too. In addition to drinking plenty of pure water every day, your oral health benefits from regularly eating certain foods. In this blog, Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry explains more about the top foods you should be eating for better oral health.

1. Cheese and yogurt

When you see lists of foods that you should eat more often, you might not expect to see cheese on that list. But eating cheese in moderation is very good for your oral health. Cheese is an excellent source of both calcium and protein, both of which are important in building strong bones. For similar reasons, yogurt can also be a good choice. Cheese changes the pH of your mouth for the better, preventing tooth decay, and yogurt contains probiotics that fight harmful bacteria in your mouth.

2. Leafy greens

Leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, are good choices for keeping your teeth and body healthy. These leafy greens, including collard greens and cabbage, provide a good source of calcium in a highly absorbable form. If you’re lactose-intolerant or vegan, you can still get plenty of calcium from greens.

3. Apples

The old saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but that could just as easily include the dentist, too. Sweet foods aren’t usually recommended for your dental health, but apples are a sweet treat that’s an exception. Apples are a good source of fiber and water, which has the effect of acting like a toothbrush every time you take a bite. (Although, it’s crucial to know that eating apples is not a substitute for brushing your teeth!) Eating apples also stimulates your mouth to produce more saliva, which helps to flush away bad bacteria in your mouth.

4. Almonds

Almonds may be one of the healthiest snack options available. High in fat but low in sugar, you don’t need to eat too many to reap their benefits. Almonds are also high in protein and calcium, which are great for your teeth and help build healthy enamel. Try adding a quarter-cup of almonds to your oatmeal or snack on a small handful between meals.

5. Carrots and celery

These staples of veggie trays everywhere, carrots and celery are full of satisfying crunch. They also act as natural toothbrushes, much like apples, because of their high amount of fiber. Eating raw carrots causes your mouth to produce more saliva, making you less likely to get cavities. Even better, carrots are a good source of vitamin A and celery is high in both vitamins A and C. These vitamins improve your gum’s health.

Besides giving these foods a place in your diet, it’s also essential to keep up with regular brushing and flossing your teeth and getting dental checkups. Call Dente Complete Dentistry with questions about how to care for your teeth or request an appointment online.

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