Eat Right for Healthy Teeth

teethfoods1The saying “You are what you eat” applies to your teeth as well as your body.

Here are some basic foods and suggestions to get you on track with a teeth-friendly diet in 2015:

Calcium is essential for healthy teeth. It’s the key ingredient in a mineral, known as hydroxyapatite, that strengthens tooth enamel as well as bones. Milk and other dairy products are the primary dietary source of calcium, so be sure they’re a regular part of your diet. In addition, cheese contains a type of protein called casein, which plays an important role in stabilizing and repairing tooth enamel.

High-fiber foods such as leafy vegetables and beans not only promote good digestion and healthy cholesterol levels, they also do wonders for your teeth—mostly because they require a lot of chewing. The chewing generates saliva, which, next to good home dental care, is the best natural defense against cavities.

Lean red meats, from ground beef to steak, contain the important mineral iron. A deficiency in iron can lead to sores on the inside of your mouth and an inflamed tongue. Other good sources of iron are nuts and cereals.

The niacin (vitamin B3) in chicken and fish can help counteract bad breath and mouth sores.

Strawberries contain malic acid, a natural enamel whitener.

Sugarless chewing gum is another great saliva generator that removes food particles from the mouth and helps neutralize the acids and enzymes attacking teeth.

Water promotes saliva production and washes away acids that can erode tooth enamel.

Be sure to make Dr. Angell and our staff at Angell’s Dentistry part of your resolution for a healthier mouth in the new year. Give our office a call to schedule your twice yearly dental hygiene appointments.

Angell’s Dentistry utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology. We are committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.

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