Mouth-Healthy Foods

lunch3If you are determined to have a healthier mouth this year, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you make sure to include the following foods in your diet:

Cheese—Cheese contains calcium and protein, both of which help to strengthen tooth enamel. The calcium that gets released when you bite into a piece of cheese mixes with plaque and sticks to the teeth, protecting them from the acid that causes decay.

Yogurt—Also high in calcium and protein, yogurt also is a good source for probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, which crowd out bacteria that cause cavities. Plain yogurt with no added sugar is best, of course.

Leafy greens—High in calcium, leafy greens also contain folic acid, a type of B vitamin that has numerous health benefits, including supporting cell growth throughout the body. Try adding baby spinach to your salad or throw some kale on a pizza.

Apples—While apples might be sweet, they are also high in fiber and water. The action of eating an apple produces saliva in your mouth, which rinses away bacteria and food particles and helps freshen breath. The fibrous texture of the fruit also stimulates the gums. Pack either a whole apple or apple slices in your lunch to give your mouth a good scrubbing at the end of the meal.

Carrots—Crunchy, full of fiber and a great source of vitamin A, raw carrots increase saliva production in your mouth, which reduces your risk of cavities. Top a salad with a few slices of raw carrots, or enjoy some baby carrots on their own.

Celery—Celery acts like a toothbrush, scraping food particles and bacteria away from your teeth. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and C, two antioxidants that give the health of your gums a boost. Make celery even tastier by topping it with cream cheese.

Almonds—Almonds are great for your teeth because they are a good source of calcium and protein while being low in sugar. Enjoy a quarter cup of almonds with your lunch. You can also add a handful to a salad or to a stir-fry dinner.

Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and lemons, should be eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize the acid from them.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is 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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