We all know that proper dental hygiene habits are needed to maintain a healthy mouth. But did you know that you can have a healthy smile by eating? It’s true. We know avoiding sugar helps, but there are foods in our diets that are improving your smile as well. Let’s take a quick look at which foods are the best:
Calcium-fortified juices, milk and other dairy products are rich in calcium and vitamin D and help promote healthy teeth and bones, reducing the risk for tooth loss. Adding powdered milk to cooked dishes helps those who don’t like milk or cheese to get some of the calcium needed to protect teeth and jawbones.
Cheese unleashes a burst of calcium that mixes with plaque and sticks to the teeth, protecting them from the acid that causes decay and helping to rebuild tooth enamel on the spot.
Crisp fruits and raw vegetables, like apples, carrots and celery, help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath and folic acid is found in leafy greens.
Vitamin C, and other nutrients from fruits and vegetables help protect gums and other tissues from cell damage and bacterial infection.
Fresh cranberries interrupt the bonding of oral bacteria before they can form damaging plaque.
Water is as effective as mouthwash at swishing away stuck particles and residue from teeth. It also keeps your gums hydrated while stimulating saliva – a great defense against bacteria.
So, as you can see, it really is possible to eat your way to a cleaner mouth. Try these everyday foods to maintain your oral hygiene. It doesn’t get easier than that.
Call Tyngsboro dentist Dr. James Yankowskas for a consultation at 978-649-7773. Also, visit our website at tyngsborocosmeticdentist.com.
Dr. Yankowskas proudly accepts patients from Tyngsboro and all surrounding areas.