Happy June!

With the start of summer, a lot of us have become more conscious of the foods we've indulged in over these past winter months. Unfortunately, the fit of our pants isn't the only impact that a poor diet can have on our bodies. One of the first areas to decline when our diet isn't the most ideal is our oral health, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). So to help keep your mouth healthy, we have compiled a list of the seven most common foods that can be beneficial for your teeth, as well as your waistline. 

1. Leafy greens such as kale and spinach are high in calcium and contain folic acid which is thought to improve gum disease in pregnant women. 
2. Cheese has been found to lower the risk of tooth decay and to improve the pH levels of our mouths. It is thought that the chewing required to eat cheese increases salivary flow in the mouth, and the calcium and protein found in the cheese helps to strengthen tooth enamel. 
3. Yogurt is a good addition to the diet, as the probiotics found in yogurt help to overrun the bad bacteria in our mouths, which is the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease. Just make sure to choose the plain variety of yogurt, with no added sugars. 
4. Apples are beneficial to your dental health as they are high in fiber and water and the crispy texture of the fruit helps to stimulate the gums. The act of eating an apple increases saliva flow in your mouth and helps to rinse away food particles and bacteria.
5. Like apples, carrots are crunchy, high in fiber, and contain copious amounts of vitamin A, which is shown to increase saliva production in our mouths, in turn aiding against cavities. 
6. Celery is of course, high in water, and the texture of the vegetable acts almost as a toothbrush between actual toothbrushing sessions, helping to scrape food particles and bacteria away from your teeth. 
7. Almonds are a good choice for a snack as they contain high amounts of calcium and protein and are low in sugar. This crunchy snack will also aid against dry mouth symptoms.


Of course, nothing can replace regular dental checkups and cleanings, so we are here to help our lovely patients of all ages! 

 

Want whiter teeth? Our Opalescence Go whitening kits are here in the office and ready for you to take them home! Just $45 for a 4-pack kit of both upper and lower trays for bleaching. Get some today!

Comments: