Choosing smart snack foods can help you curb your diet and strengthen your teeth at the same time! Some foods contain rich nutrients that support healthy tooth and gums, while others actually clean your teeth while you eat them. Here are a few foods to keep in mind the next time you’re at the market:
Crisp Veggies and Fruit
Crispy produce like carrots, apples, or celery will stimulate your gum tissue as you chew them. This promotes a healthy blood supply to aid in healing of areas of gum disease. Their firm texture also cleanses the teeth as you eat them; not to mention, their loaded with important vitamins and minerals that boost your immune system to keep you healthier.
Air-popped popcorn is a guilt-free snack that you can have all day long. The popcorn wipes away biofilm from the teeth, limiting the amount of plaque in your mouth. If you have areas where kernels tend to stick in your mouth, it’s time to re-vamp your flossing routine!
Cheese and Yogurt
Eating cheese is actually known to neutralize the pH levels inside of your mouth, preventing plaque from causing tooth decay. The calcium also aids in healthy bones throughout your body, including the bone that supports your teeth.
Nuts are packed full of a wide variety of nutrients that promote healthy oral tissues. Cashews especially are loaded with fatty acids that help eliminate infections like periodontal disease when paired with a rigorous oral hygiene routine.
Caring for your mouth goes beyond just reaching for your toothbrush. Make smart choices when you’re making your menu for the week, and you’ll benefit from a healthier smile as well as a healthier life!
Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
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