Our Favorite Foods for Healthy Teeth
By: Redmond Signature Dentistry
March 10, 2016
You probably realize the foods you choose have an impact on your waistline, heart health, and overall well-being, but did you know your diet can also affect your oral health?
Apples and Pears:
Crisp apples effectively “scrub” away plaque and can also freshen breath. Raw pears neutralize acids in your mouth.
Try this: Slice apples and bring them with you to work to enjoy as a healthy, tooth-cleaning mid-afternoon snack!
Carrots and Celery:
Loaded with fibrous strands, celery is basically “nature’s floss.” Crunchy carrots are natural tooth-scrubbers!
Try this: Keep a baggie of carrots and celery slices with you in the car for a quick and easy on-the-go snack!
Cheese and Yogurt:
Cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products are a satisfying source of enamel-strengthening calcium. They can even help replace minerals in your teeth!
Try this: Add low-fat yogurt to your morning smoothie for a punch of tooth-strengthening calcium!
Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens scrub debris off your teeth as you chew them.
Try this: Create a delicious spinach or kale salad with your favorite veggies, lean protein, and a flavorful vinaigrette for a satisfying work lunch!
Strawberries are a low-calorie, tasty source of malic acid, a natural whitening agent.
Try this: Enjoy strawberries any time of the day – on your morning oatmeal, in a summer salad, or as a delicious dessert!
Sugar-free gum stimulates saliva production, washing away acids produced by bacteria.
Try this: Keep a pack of sugar-free gum in your car, purse, or work desk so you can chew it when you don’t have the opportunity to brush after a meal.
Drinking plenty of water daily has many health benefits. Drinking a glass of water after meals flushes excess sugar and debris off of your teeth.
Try this: Add strawberries, mint, and cucumbers to your water for a natural, refreshing flavor boost!
Clean eating is good for your overall health, waistline, AND your teeth! Check out more healthy recipes for National Nutrition Month on Pinterest.