We all want to take care of our bodies and give them the best fuel for our daily activities. Many of us understand that eating well can give us a boost of energy and general well-being. Did you know that a healthy diet affects your mouth health, as well? Let’s take a look at some of the healthiest foods you can choose for a strong smile.
One of the best food groups for mouth health is dairy. If you can eat dairy, choose low-sugar options: plain milk, yogurt, cheese, and the like. Cheese is especially beneficial for your mouth. Studies indicate that cheese can help prevent enamel erosion. This is due to the cheese’s high phosphate content, which helps balance the pH levels of the mouth and neutralizing the effects of acids on your teeth.
Fruits: If you are looking for a sweet addition to a meal, choose a piece of whole fruit. The fiber in the fruit helps to balance out the natural sugars present in the fruit. Crunchy fruits, such as apples and pears, help to clean teeth by scraping plaque and debris away from them.
Vegetables: Vegetables are an excellent mainstay to any healthy diet! Crunchy raw vegetables help teeth the same way crunchy fruit does. Vegetables rich in Vitamin A, like sweet potatoes, are especially good for mouth health. The Vitamin A that is present helps maintain the soft tissues of the gums. Vitamin A also plays a large role in the maintenance of certain protein structures which fortify and strengthen tooth enamel.
For more information, call Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS in Shelby Township, Michigan, at 586-685-0880. Dr. Ray McKinley & Brittany McKinley-Holloway and our team are happy to help your smile stay strong!