Poor eating habits can cause more than just weight gain. Eating foods high in sugar and starches can also damage your teeth. Help strengthen your teeth and gums by choosing foods that help you maintain a healthy mouth.
Cheese and yogurt are great sources of calcium and protein. Both contain good bacteria that help fight tooth decay and strengthen tooth enamel. Make sure you select yogurt with no added sugar, though.
Leafy greens are full of vitamins and minerals. Kale and spinach are particularly high in calcium and help strengthen tooth enamel. Leafy greens also contain folic acid, a nutrient found in vitamin B, which is especially important for pregnant women. If salads aren’t your thing, try adding spinach or kale to a pizza or mix into a smoothie.
Fruits can help soothe your sweet cravings without adding processed sugar to your diet. Apples are excellent choices because they are high in fiber and water. When you eat an apple, your mouth produces a lot of saliva, which washes away bacteria and food particles that contribute to cavities. The texture also stimulates your gums and keeps them healthy.
Vegetables are also tasty and can help your teeth. Carrots are full of fiber and provide a major source of vitamin A. Crunchy fruits and vegetables act a little bit like a toothbrush by scraping food particles and bacteria away from your teeth. Celery is another smart choice and contains antioxidants that encourage healthy gums. If you find celery bland, add a topping like cream cheese or natural peanut butter.
Eating better helps keep your mouth healthier. Remember though, nothing takes the place of brushing and flossing your teeth. In addition to regular brushing and flossing, call Dr. Braverman for a professional cleaning that will keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.