We love when we find things that are good for your teeth as well as your overall health. It’s like getting two benefits for the price of one. In this post we are sharing with you nutritious foods that are good for your body and will also contribute to a healthy, happy smile.
Garlic and Onions: These flavorful additions to many recipes are also known to reduce bacteria in your mouth. They can help with infections, periodontal disease and improve your microbiome, all while making your food taste great.
Fish: Salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines are high in calcium and vitamin D that keep your teeth strong. They also have plenty of omega 3’s which are known to be good for your immune system and fight infections.
Dairy: Milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy foods are high in nutrients that make your teeth and bones strong, like calcium and vitamin D.
Celery, Carrots and Broccoli: These vegetables not only taste good and are full of vitamins, but they have an abrasive texture that cleans your teeth as you chew.
Green Tea: In addition to a caffeine boost, green tea is filled with antioxidants and fluoride that keep your body and smile healthy.
Sugarless Gum: Chewing gum is a natural way to clean your teeth and prevent biofilm build up, but the sugary versions can cause cavities and health risks. We recommend sugarless gums as a way to gain the benefits without having to take those risks.
Almonds: These healthy nuts are full of protein and calcium that will protect your tooth enamel. They also are abrasive and will help clean bacteria and biofilm off your teeth while chewing.
Strawberries: They are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, including malic acid which helps whiten teeth.
Water: Known as one of the most neutral and healthy things you can drink, water also has some specific benefits for your teeth. It doesn’t stain, rinses your teeth clean, prevents dry mouth that contributes to cavities and may even contain fluoride.
Apples: We often hear about the wonders of apples. They act like a tooth brush while you eat and help keep your teeth clean. One of the best things is that they taste great with only natural sugars and can keep us from wanting other unhealthy sugary foods.
These are just a sampling of the many tasty foods that are good for both your body and your smile. We hope that you find ways to add more of them into your diet.
Don’t forget to brush, floss and get regular professional dental cleanings and exams, as well.
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