Spring is coming, and we can’t wait for the sunshine that brings smiles. What makes us smile? Lots of things – but especially eating the right foods that boost your oral health. We put together our top spring foods that are great for your teeth.

 

You can learn more about some spring foods that are great for your teeth and your preventive dentistry below.

 

SPRING TOWARDS ORAL HEALTH: 10 FOODS THAT ARE GREAT FOR YOUR TEETH

 

Diet and nutrition are influencers of oral health and affect the progression of oral diseases such as erosion. You should care about your oral health and take steps to improve it – it’s easy and a great way to start focusing on your diet. Foods like bread, desserts, citrus, soda, etc. expose your teeth to tooth decay, which causes acid erosion. Also, the consumption of sugars is associated with an increased risk of developing dental caries. 

 

Help to build healthier habits for your teeth and gums along with preventing tooth decay and gum disease by partaking in preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry is when you practice taking care of your teeth to maintain their health. These practices aid in the likelihood of cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, gingivitis and periodontitis. Here are ten foods to start eating now to take care of your pearly whites.

 

1: Dairy

Dairy contains calcium, which is a mineral found in many foods. This mineral is essential for forming and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Foods such as cheese and yogurt encompass the ability to combat acid erosion of the teeth. 

 

2: Fish

Fish provides vitamin D, which protects your teeth and gums from disease. Salmon is a great spring option for your oral health.

 

3: Mint

Mint can be beneficial for your oral health in more ways than one – the herb also possesses healing properties with an antioxidant called rosmarinic acid. Not only will mint leave a freshness in your mouth, but it’s also a digestive aid with anti-inflammatory properties that’s rich in vitamins and minerals. Gum, especially sugar-free gum, increases the saliva production in your mouth and helps to reduce bacteria. 

 

Strawberries

4: Strawberries

These little red berries contain what’s called malic acid, which is a natural enamel whitener. 

 

5: Leafy vegetables and high-fiber foods

Foods high in fiber stimulates your saliva production, which is essential in the breakdown of food that neutralizes bacterial acid and prevents tooth decay. Another benefit of eating your leafy greens is being full of vitamins and minerals with low-calorie content. They are also high in calcium and folic acid to strengthen your enamel and help fight gum disease. 

 

6: Carrots

This crunchy, nutritious and fibrous snack is great for your oral health because it increases saliva production. They are also a great source of vitamin A and reduce your risk of cavities. 

 

7: Celery

Celery is primarily made of water and is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and two antioxidants. This crunchy snack helps strengthen your gums and washes away pesky food particles. 

 

8: Nuts

Almonds and other nuts are a fantastic choice for a healthy snack filled with calcium and protein; both help you maintain healthy teeth. 

 

9: Apples

Apples are high in fiber and water. Eating an apple activates your saliva production and rinses away bacteria and leftover food particles. While it can’t replace using a toothbrush or mouthwash – it’s a good alternative when you’re in a rush and need something to clean your teeth. 

 

10: Chocolate

Seventy percent or higher cacao can be a great choice if eaten in moderation, of course. A compound called CBH makes up dark chocolate, and is proven to harden tooth enamel and makes your teeth less susceptible to tooth decay. 

 

PREVENTIVE ORAL HEALTH CARE | THE LANDING DENTAL SPA 

 

Dental exams are an essential part of preventive dental care. To encourage healthy habits, we recommend all individuals schedule regular check-ups with their dentist, typically every six to 12 months.

 

Come on in and we can talk about other great foods for your teeth! We’d love to chat. 

 

Please schedule an appointment with us today: 304-594-2200

Rachael Adams

Office Manager

A native of Fairmont, West Virginia, Rachael Adams has eight years of experience in the dental industry. As Office Manager, Rachael assists with billing and insurance, and takes pride in making a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis. Rachael also takes pleasure in her work environment and spending time with her work family.

In her spare time, Rachael enjoys boating and shopping.

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Miranda Quinn

Dental Hygienist

A 2007 graduate of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry, this West Virginia native has been a part of The Landing Dental Spa family since its inception in 2011. As a Dental Hygienist, Miranda performs dental cleanings and x-rays, and helps consult patients on proper dental hygiene.

Miranda most enjoys the office’s up-to-date equipment and the laid-back staff she works with on a daily basis. Outside of work, she likes shopping, WVU sports, and spending time with her husband, Jason, and son, Ashton.

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Tiffany Miller

Clinical Coordinator

A Morgantown, West Virginia native, Tiffany Miller is a Clinical Coordinator at The Landing Dental Spa. Prior to joining the team at TLDS, Tiffany earned a degree in Child Development and Family Studies from West Virginia University.

As Clinical Coordinator, Tiffany schedules patients, handles payments, collects data and makes sure everything is running smoothly at the office. Tiffany genuinely enjoys the work environment at TLDS, and loves those she works with. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys shopping and spending time with her daughter, Addisyn.

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Kim Varda

Dental Hygienist

Originally from Spencer, West Virginia, Kimberly Varda has been a Dental Hygienist at The Landing Dental Spa since 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene form WVU, after which she spent two years gaining experience at several dental practices throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

As a Dental Hygienist, Kimberly performs cleanings, takes x-rays, places sealants, and provides fluoride treatments and oral hygiene instruction. Kimberly most enjoys the family atmosphere at The Landing Dental Spa, and takes pride in her relationships with the office’s valued clients. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping and hiking.

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Brittnee Mathess

Dental Assistant

A Morgantown, West Virginia native, Brittnee Mathess is a Dental Assistant at The Landing Dental Spa. As part of her job, she assists dentist during patient procedures and treatments, takes x-rays, sterilizes instruments, sets up rooms for treatment, and stocks the rooms with dental supplies.

Brittnee enjoys making patients feel comfortable and relaxed, and loves working with children who come in for treatment. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, spending time with family, and being with her boyfriend, Shane.

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