Foods You Can Eat for a Healthier Smile

Brushing and flossing are just the first steps in getting a great smile. Many other factors play a role in your smile’s health. Nourishing your body with healthy foods can be a delicious way to also nourish your smile.

Whole Grains

Whole grains can help lower your cholesterol and keep your digestive system moving, but they can also protect your gums. One study in Canada revealed that eating just three servings of whole grains such as oatmeal, wild rice and whole grain bread can help reduce the risk of periodontitis by 23 percent.

Fruits and Vegetables

Foods that are rich in beta-carotene are just as important. Carrots, pumpkin and sweet potato are filled with this powerful antioxidant that helps build and maintain strong teeth. Celery, pears, apples and other water-rich, fibrous fruits and veggies can help clean your teeth mechanically and rinse away sugar and debris that can harm your enamel.

Low-Fat Dairy

Milk, yogurt, cheese and other low-fat dairy products are rich in calcium, magnesium and vitamin D, all of which are critical to building healthy bone tissue. Dairy products are also known to stimulate saliva production, which can help remineralize teeth and kill the oral bacteria that cause both cavities and periodontal disease.

Water

One of the healthiest beverages you can choose, water contains enamel-strengthening fluoride, and unlike sports drinks, sodas and other sugary drinks, water will not contribute to cavity formation.

Contact Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara dentist, today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.

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