Most people are aware that there are foods that contribute to tooth decay, such as sugary foods and fermentable carbohydrates that turn to sugar over time. Listed below are some foods that are good for your teeth and can help you keep your smile healthy.
Cheese can contain nutrients like calcium and protein that strengthen the enamel of the tooth. Eating cheese can help lower your risk of tooth decay by raising the pH in your mouth as well. Chewing cheese can create more saliva in your mouth that also washes away harmful bacteria.
Another food that may be high in calcium and protein is yogurt. Yogurt also contains good bacteria that helps crowd out the bad bacteria that causes tooth decay. To get the best health benefits from yogurt, be sure to choose a plain variety with no added sugar.
Kale and Spinach
Leafy greens can be high in calcium, which builds your teeth’s enamel. The folic acid, a type of B vitamin, found in leafy greens has many health benefits and can help promote oral health.
Fibrous Fruits and Vegetables
The act of chewing fibrous fruits and vegetables increases the saliva in your mouth and helps wash away bacteria. The fibrous texture of apples can also help stimulate your gums. Carrots are a good source of vitamin A and like apples, stimulate your gums and create more saliva from chewing. Celery could also be a good source of vitamin A but also provides vitamin C and has the same benefits as apples and carrots for helping to clean your teeth.
Nothing takes the place of regular dental cleanings, brushing at least twice a day and flossing to maintain good oral health, but eating foods that have healthy benefits for your teeth can certainly be beneficial.
We encourage you to call us at 210-698-1010 in San Antonio, Texas, to schedule an appointment for your regular cleaning and exam. Our dentist, Dr. Carolyn Walker, will be happy to address any specific concerns you have with your oral health.