You’ve heard the expression, “Garbage in, garbage out.” This is true in many respects, but especially when it comes to nutrition. If your diet is composed of lots of highly processed foods and minimal fruits and vegetables, it not only negatively impacts your body on the inside, but you’ll see evidence of it reflected on the outside.
A healthy diet, on the other hand, is nature’s best beauty secret. When you eat more natural, whole foods and drink plenty of water, a glow comes across your face, skin, hair, and nails.
Your dietary choices can also be reflected in your smile. If you want healthy teeth and gums, you’ll definitely need to take a look at the food choices you make every single day. That’s what today’s blog is here to help you with, courtesy of our team at Mountain View Dental!
We’re sharing five foods that you can start adding to your diet for stronger, healthier teeth and gums! If you’d like to know more about how you can feed your family for better oral health, give our Acworth dental office a call to set up an appointment for nutritional counseling.
5 Foods That Help Your Smile!
Food #1: Yogurt
Studies are showing us more and more that optimum health starts with a healthy gut. At all times, your gut houses both good and bad bacteria. Yogurt is full of probiotics, which are the good bacteria that helps reduce inflammation all throughout your body. Along with that, yogurt contains protein and calcium for stronger teeth and bones.
All natural yogurt is a great addition to cut up fruit and as a spread on celery sticks. So do your smile a favor and eat more probiotic-rich yogurt!
Food #2: Cheese
First, we want to make sure you know that we’re talking about real cheese, not cheese-like products like you’ll find in a box or a can. Hard cheese is especially good for your teeth. That’s because it’s not only full of calcium that strengthens teeth, but it helps scrub your teeth clean as you eat it!
No matter how you slice it, cheese is a good choice as a flavor-enhancing addition to lean burgers, salads, and fruit and veggie trays at your next family gathering.
Food #3: Apples
There’s a good reason apples are also called Nature’s Toothbrush! Apples are packed with fiber and calcium, which gives added strength to your teeth, gums, and jawbone. And like cheese, they can be a reinforcement when it comes to keeping the surface of your teeth by scrubbing them clean of harmful plaque bacteria as you chomp away
Another great thing about apples is that they’re crunchy, so chewing on one will help encourage healthy saliva production to better protect your tooth enamel from erosion.
Food #4: Almonds
The next time you prep a salad or try your hand at homemade granola, add some almonds to the mix. That’s because your teeth need the protein you find in these nuts. Your heart, blood sugar levels, and even your brain will thank you for this healthy choice!
Like apples, crunchy almonds will also help keep your saliva flowing so it can effectively protect the outer layer of your teeth.
Food #5: Celery
Who doesn’t remember childhood snacks of celery sticks coated with peanut butter and raisins? Celery is full of water to help keep your teeth clean, and as an added bonus, it’s crunch helps keep dry mouth at bay like a few of the other foods we’ve talked about.
Celery also has the unique feature of stringiness. As you chew a celery stick, it sort of turns into this natural form of dental floss to help dislodge food particles and other debris from between your teeth.
Take Advantage Of Nutritional Counseling
For a healthy mind, body, and smile, add these great foods to your daily diet. If you’d like to learn more about what to feed your family for healthy teeth and gums, you can opt for nutritional counseling with one of our skilled professionals at your next dental appointment!