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.
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.
Fish provides vitamin D, which protects your teeth and gums from disease. Salmon is a great spring option for your oral health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Almonds and other nuts are a fantastic choice for a healthy snack filled with calcium and protein; both help you maintain healthy teeth.
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.
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.
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