A megawatt smile can be achieved by regularly popping in your dentist’s office. However, what you have in your kitchen pantry and refrigerator may also strengthen or brighten your teeth. Eat well between dental appointments; your teeth and entire body will thank you!
Cheese raises the pH level in your mouth, which lowers the risk of tooth decay. All that chewing required for eating cheese increases the amount of saliva in the mouth – another property that reduces tooth decay risk.
Yogurt is high in calcium and protein, much like cheese, so it is a handy kitchen staple. The probiotics found in yogurt benefit gums and the good bacteria eradicates the bad mouth bacteria. The plain yogurt flavour is best, as added sugar and flavourings counteract the oral health benefits of this treat.
Kale and spinach are full of fiber and other vitamins and minerals and contain high levels of calcium and folic acid. Calcium builds tooth enamel, while folic acid helps with gum disease.
A tooth-friendly diet does not necessarily mean giving up all sweet stuff; apples are a great substitution for sugar in cakes and cookies. A raw apple’s fibrous texture stimulates the gums and are great for an after-meal snack. They are sweet and help clean your mouth if you don’t have a toothbrush handy.
For healthier teeth and gums, think about what you eat and drink. Sugars can negate the benefits received from other healthful food choices. Lambton Family Dental is your partner for oral health; give us a call at (519) 344-5747 for a consultation and cleaning.