Seven Foods That Improve Your Oral Health

It’s common knowledge that nutrient-rich food improves your body’s health, but some foods help your oral health, too. If you’re cavity-prone, or just want a healthier smile, try incorporating these seven foods into your diet.

1. Apples

Though higher in sugar than most healthy foods, apples are an excellent end to a meal or snack. The texture of apples stimulates your gums and acts as a scrubbing agent until you have time to brush your teeth.

2. Leafy greens

Leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, contain calcium and folic acid. Calcium strengthens the enamel of your teeth, while folic acid has been linked to a reduction in gum disease in pregnant women.

3. Carrots

Like apples, carrots are a great finisher food. Eating a handful of carrots at the end of a meal or snack increases saliva production, ensuring a thorough post-meal rinse for your mouth.

4. Almonds

Almonds are high in protein and calcium, and support strong bones and enamel. Plus, almonds go well with most any snack or meal.

5. Celery

Due to its texture and high water content, celery acts a lot like a toothbrush when chewed. It also contains Vitamins A and C, both of which are antioxidants that boost gum health.

6. Yogurt

Yogurt is full of probiotics, or beneficial bacteria. Probiotics crowd out the bad, cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth. Yogurt is also high in calcium and protein.

7. Cheese

In 2013, the American Academy of General Dentistry found that eating cheese raises the pH in your mouth and reduces risk of tooth decay. Cheese also increases saliva production and is high in calcium and protein.

For more information on how to treat your smile right, contact Smiles Dental at 509.850.3050 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Michelle Metcalf.