We all want to take care of our bodies and give them the best food as fuel for our daily activities. Did you know that a healthy diet affects your mouth health, as well? Let’s take a look at some of the healthiest foods you can choose for a strong smile.
Dairy: The most obvious food group that helps with teeth is dairy. Choose low-sugar options, such as plain milk, yogurt, or cheese. Cheese is especially helpful. Studies have shown that cheese can help prevent enamel erosion, because of the cheese’s high phosphate content. The phosphate helps balance the pH levels of the mouth, helping to neutralize the effects of acids on your teeth.
Vegetables: Vegetables are great for teeth! Crunchy raw vegetables help scrape plaque away from teeth, acting as a natural toothbrush. Vegetables rich in Vitamin A, such as sweet potatoes, are especially good. Not only are they delicious, but the Vitamin A present helps maintain the soft tissues of the gums. Vitamin A also plays a major role in the maintenance of certain proteins which fortify and strengthen tooth enamel.
Fruits: If you are looking for something sweet, choose a piece of whole fruit. The fiber in the fruit helps to balance out the sugars present. Crunchy fruits, such as apples and pears, help to clean teeth in the same way that crunchy vegetables do. Chewing on fruit, rather than slurping it in a smoothie or juice, helps to stimulate saliva, which further cleans teeth.
For more information, call McKay Center for Cosmetic and General Dentistry in Seattle, Washington, at . Dr. Daniel McKay, DDS and our team are happy to help your smile stay healthy and strong!
Written by Daniel McKay, DDS
Dr. McKay is the dentist for the Seattle University athletics department. He is also a proud fellow of the International Dental Implant Association. Since 1993, Dr. McKay has established himself as one of the finest dentists in Seattle with praise from his patients and respect from his colleagues.