What you eat reflects on your teeth. Foods packed with sugar, such as candies and soda, contribute to tooth decay.
When your diet is less than ideal, your oral health is one of the first areas to decline. Want to keep your mouth healthy and happy? Try these tasty foods your mouth (and teeth) will love.
Cheese and yogurt
You guessed it. Dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt can help strengthen your teeth. They are low in sugar which is good for your oral health. Plus dairy contains protein and calcium which strengthen your teeth.
For cheese lovers, here’s one more reason to enjoy this tasty treat. One study has found that eating cheese raised the pH level in participants’ mouths and lowered their risk of tooth decay.
Fruits are high in fiber and water which help clean your teeth. Chewing alone helps stimulate the production of saliva, washing food particles and harmful acids away from your teeth.
Apples are especially good for your teeth. Its fibrous texture stimulates the gums. Though eating an apple isn’t the same as brushing your teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste, it can tide you over until you have a chance to brush.
Carrots and leafy greens
Like apples, carrots are full of fiber and pack a big crunch. By eating a handful of raw carrots at the end of your meal, you stimulate saliva production, reducing your risk of cavities.
Full of vitamins and minerals, leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, also promote good oral health. They are loaded with calcium which builds your teeth’s enamel. They also contain folic acid which has many health benefits.
Nuts contain minerals and proteins which are important to your overall health. Almonds are especially great for your teeth because they’re a good source of calcium.
Add a quarter cup of almonds as a snack or add them to a salad as part of your meal. And as an added benefit, as you chew, you stimulate saliva which can reduce your risk for tooth decay.
Along with adding these foods to your diet, pay attention to what you drink. Water is always the best pick since it has no calories or sugar. What you eat makes a big difference when it comes to your oral health.
Dr. Mike Malone and his team practice expert cosmetic dentistry in Lafayette, LA. Dr. Malone is the former president and accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also the official Cosmetic Dentist of the Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA pageants.