Most of us are used to hearing about the foods that are bad for your teeth. Candy. Soda. Red wine. Many dentists routinely recite the usual suspects in tooth decay. But what about the foods that are actually good for your teeth?
In this month’s post, we at Palisades Dental are providing a few ‘dos’ to balance out the well-known ‘don’ts.’ Have a look at our list of some of the foods that can benefit your dental health.
Cheese, Milk, and Yogurt
For one thing, these three dairy products are loaded with calcium, the stuff that your teeth are made out of. However, they each come with their own unique benefits as well. Chewing on hard cheese boosts your saliva production while also, along with milk, lowering the acidic level in your mouth, helping fight plaque. Meanwhile, yogurt is chock full of probiotics that help ward off gum disease, cavities, and even bad breath.
Leafy greens include broccoli, spinach, kale, and everything else along those lines. They not only give you calcium, but they are also high in folic acid, a type of B vitamin that possesses many health benefits, including the ability to fight gum disease.
Nuts are packed with calcium, protein, and phosphorus, all of which are vital to the health of your teeth. Especially beneficial are almonds, cashews, and Brazil nuts, as they are low in sugar and have properties that enable them to fight off bacteria and tooth decay.
Apples and Strawberries
Though many experts recommend avoiding too much fruit due to the sugar levels, apples and strawberries are exceptions to this rule. Despite their sweetness, apples are high in fiber and water; the former stimulates and strengthens your gums, while the water content is useful for washing away food particles and germs. Strawberries, though they are quite acidic, are also filled with Vitamin C, malic acid, and antioxidants, which not only promote oral health, but the malic acid even has a natural whitening effect on your teeth.
Are you interested in learning more about which foods are best for your teeth? Schedule an appointment by getting in touch with us at Palisades Dental today by calling 801-407-9736.