There really is nothing more inviting than a friendly smile. If keeping your smile bright and healthy is important to you, then we’ve got a little secret that you will love. There are foods that are easy to incorporate into your diet that will help your smile be its best. These foods can help improve the appearance and health of your smile, helping you maintain the number one thing that people notice first in others . . . your smile!
When it comes to foods that are good for your teeth fiber rich fruit and vegetables like apples, celery and carrots are some of the best. By eating these crisp, healthy foods your mouth creates more saliva and saliva has vital antimicrobials that fight bacteria. Crunchy foods like fresh fruit and vegetables are good for your gums. Chewing these foods actually massages your gums and increases circulation.
Cheese is an excellent choice of food when it comes to your teeth. Cheese is of course full of calcium which teeth love, however studies indicate that cheese contains a neutralizing agent that helps with the erosion of tooth enamel. So whether you love Gouda, sharp cheddar or fresh mozzarella, when it comes to cheese your teeth have a real reason to smile.
Yogurt is great for your teeth and your breath. Bacteria are a major cause of plaque, gum disease, and bad breath. Yogurt has good bacteria that fight the bad bacteria in your mouth. Kids who eat yogurt four plus times a week get fewer cavities. It’s best to eat plain sugar free yogurt that you can sweeten with honey. Consuming fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids is good at preventing gum disease. Gum disease is the number one contributor to tooth loss and no one wants to lose teeth to gum disease.
If fruits, vegetables, cheese, yogurt and fish are staples in your diet, you really have something to smile about. If you want to give your smile a boost try adding these types of foods into your daily diet and see what happens.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Cowen Dental Care
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