The Woodlands and Houston, TX
Under most circumstances, when talking about food and dental health, the conversation revolves around what you shouldn’t eat. Limiting sugar and simple carbohydrates, and avoiding sugary drinks are common refrain. But aren’t there delicious foods that help nourish the body and protect the teeth as well? Yes, there most certainly are.
Foods that are actually beneficial for oral health include:
- Dairy – cheese, yogurt, and milk are all high in protein and calcium, making them good for teeth. Yogurt and kefir also have high probiotic content, which may help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Choose sugar-free varieties when selecting one of these treats
- Nuts and seeds – just a ½ cup serving of almonds has nearly 20% of your DV of calcium – the same amount as two tablespoons of sesame seeds. Many nuts and seeds are similarly nutrient dense and can be very beneficial for oral health
- Leafy greens – kale, spinach, collards, and chards all contain high amounts of calcium. They also contain folate which may help reduce risks for gum disease
- Crunchy fruits and vegetables – apples, celery, carrots, and other crunchy fruits and vegetables are fantastic sources of vitamins essential for systemic health. They also act as a toothbrush by scraping plaque and bacteria off of the surface of teeth, helping prevent decay and disease
It is important to remember that brushing and flossing after every meal and snack – even healthy ones – is essential for peak oral health. But these beneficial foods work in conjunction with your daily oral hygiene routine to help keep your smile healthy and strong in between your routine dental visits.
To learn more about maintaining peak oral health, please contact Woodlands Premier Dentistry today. We welcome patients from Houston and all surrounding areas of Texas.
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