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Foods That Promote Oral Health

It’s no secret that you should avoid sweets and sodas if you want to protect your teeth. But what if we told you that some foods can actually help your dental health?

Peter Gambertoglio, DDS, has been interested in health science since he was a kid. In college, he decided to combine this passion with his artistic skills by studying dentistry. When it comes to your oral health, he says you don’t want to bypass these foods. 

Cheese and yogurt

If you can eat dairy, like cheese, milk, and yogurt, add an extra serving for your dental health. These foods contain protein and calcium, both of which build strong bones and teeth. Plus, items like cheese help produce saliva. 

Saliva is your best natural defense against gum disease and cavities. That’s because it reduces the effect of enzymes and acids that can attack your teeth. It also contains traces of phosphate and calcium, which restore minerals to your teeth that may be lost to bacterial acids.

Apples

An apple a day could keep the dentist away! Well, not exactly, but this delicious fruit is high in fiber and water. The entire act of eating an apple also stimulates your gums and triggers saliva production in your mouth, helping to rinse away food particles and bacteria. 

While an apple may not be as good for your oral health as brushing and flossing, it can give your teeth and gums a thorough scrubbing when you eat one.

Carrots and celery

Looking for more ways to brush and floss just by eating? Serve up some carrots or celery. 

Carrots are another high-fiber option that also come with vitamin A and a lot of crunch. When you reach for celery, you double down on the antioxidants by getting a boost of vitamins A and C, which provide an even bigger boost to your gum health. 

The satisfying crunch of both of these veggies also helps scrape bacteria and food particles from your teeth, while increasing saliva production in your mouth at the same time.

Leafy greens 

It’s no surprise that leafy greens like spinach and kale seem to be on every “best healthy foods” list. These veggie powerhouses may be low in calories, but they’re bursting with essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and folic acid — a nutrient that could even treat gum disease in pregnant women.

Nuts

The next time you’re looking for a snack, reach for a handful of nourishing nuts. Nuts like almonds contain important minerals and proteins that support your overall health — and that goes extra for your teeth and gums. This low-carb option also stimulates saliva production while keeping you satisfied at the same time.

By adding these foods to your diet, brushing and flossing daily, and scheduling regular dental exams every six months, you can help protect your oral health well into the future.

Looking for more ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy? Contact our office in Spring, Texas, by calling 281-350-8852 or sending us a message today.

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