We all want to feed our bodies well, for higher energy and general well-being. But did you know that a healthy diet positively affects your mouth health, as well? Let’s take a look at some of the healthiest foods you can choose for a healthy smile.
Dairy: When eating dairy, choose low-sugar options, such as plain milk, yogurt, or cheese. Cheese is especially helpful to your mouth: studies have shown that cheese can help prevent enamel erosion, because of the cheese’s high phosphate content. The phosphate levels help to balance the pH levels of the mouth, which helps neutralize the effects of acids on your teeth.
Vegetables: Vegetables rich in Vitamin A, such as sweet potatoes, are especially good for mouth health. Not only are they delicious, but the Vitamin A helps maintain the soft tissues of the gums. Vitamin A also helps maintain certain proteins which fortify and strengthen tooth enamel.
Fruits: The fiber in 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 away plaque and debris. They are also a great way to get vitamins into your diet. Choose a variety of colors for the best balance.
For more information, call Legacy Smiles Family Dental in Meridian, Idaho, at 208-888-3311 . Dr. John McMurray and our team are happy to help your smile stay healthy!