Avoiding cavities requires a solid dental hygiene regimen, but eating the right foods is also essential to good oral health. Ted French, DDS, is happy to provide his patients with excellent dental care as well as information about foods that strengthen those pearly whites. Below is a look at the best foods for promoting healthy teeth.
Because teeth are composed of minerals, especially calcium, a continual supply of minerals is necessary to keep the teeth strong. Leafy greens, potatoes, blackstrap molasses, and mackerel all contain a host of valuable minerals, especially calcium and magnesium. Nuts and seeds are low-sugar, mineral-rich snack choices that are especially popular with kids.
Fruits & Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber, which massages the gums and stimulates the flow of saliva that revitalizes teeth and neutralizes bacteria. Apples, carrots, and celery are three portable snacks—great for families on the go—that naturally cleanse the teeth as they’re chewed.
Fruits and vegetables also supply enzymes and other nutrients that support healthy teeth.
Xylitol, a natural sugar alternative, has been found to support healthy teeth in a number of ways:
- It coats the teeth and prevents sugar from sticking to them.
- It creates an inhospitable environment for the bacteria that cause cavities.
- It assists remineralization after decay or erosion has already occurred.
Xylitol is naturally present in certain fruits, including strawberries, raspberries, and plums, but it’s also added to some sugar-free gums and can be bought by the pound at many health food stores.
Meat, Milk, & Eggs
Animal-derived foods contain large amounts of minerals that keep teeth strong. Meats and eggs are full of phosphorous, which the body combines with calcium to build bones and teeth. Dairy products are naturally rich in calcium and are non-acidic, which prevents corrosion and promotes remineralization.
Combining the above foods with high-quality periodontal care from an Arlington dentist is the way to have healthy teeth that shine with every smile. More information about the relationship between healthy food and strong teeth can be learned at your local dentist’s office. Call (817) 461-2843 to make an appointment with Dr. French today.