Eat These Foods To Give Your Oral Health a Boost

You know you shouldn’t eat sugar or drink sweetened beverages if you want to maintain a healthy body and healthy teeth. But you still need to eat. How do you find food choices that satisfy your cravings as well as your body’s need to build strong, healthy cells?

At Just for Your Smile in Vienna, Virginia and Potomac, Maryland, our team loves food just as much as you do. Here they offer some of the good news about good-tasting foods that are actually good for your oral health. Thank goodness.

Cheese and yogurt

Both cheese and unflavored yogurt are low in sugar, which makes them ideal snacks. They’re also rich in protein and calcium, which your body needs to build strong teeth (and bones).  

Eating cheese raises the pH of your saliva, which may help prevent cavities. Yogurt contains beneficial bacteria that neutralize cavity-causing bacteria.

You may have been avoiding dairy because you’re sensitive to lactose or to another type of protein, called A1 casein. If so, try dairy made from grass-fed goat’s milk, sheep’s milk, or the milk of Jersey cows. They contain A2 casein, not A1, which is easier to digest. And, if you’re looking for lactose-free cheese, try:

The aging process for these cheeses drains away the lactose-containing whey. Fermented dairy, such as yogurt and kefir, are naturally low in lactose.

Meat etc.

Finally! A health blog touting the benefits of your favorite main dish: meat. Red meat contains high levels of vitamin B 12, which is anti-inflammatory, so it prevents inflammation in your soft tissues, such as your tongue, and reduces your risk for mouth sores. 

Meat is also rich in protein, which you need to keep your teeth healthy. Protein creates the matrix that supports the calcium in your teeth and bones. Other great protein sources include eggs, poultry, and ….

… Fish

The most delicious, fattiest fish is actually the best for your teeth. Try canned, frozen, or fresh:

Not only are fish plentiful sources of omega 3 fatty acids, they also contain the vitamin D your body needs to create healthy teeth. Eating sufficient amounts of vitamin D prevents dry mouth and also helps your body absorb bone-building calcium. Bone-in sardines and salmon are rich in calcium, too.

Almonds

Though whole almonds might be a little hard on your teeth, they’re filled with calcium, manganese, vitamin E, and magnesium. Try chopping them up and tossing them in a salad, or get unsweetened almond butter, so you can absorb their nutrients without stressing your teeth. 

Veggies

Now that you know you have the green light to eat cheese, yogurt, and nut butters, you need something to eat them with. Carrots, celery, and cucumbers all make good edible “crackers” that you can pair with your other tooth-healthy snacks. Also, eat plenty of:

Veggies can even “scrub” your teeth. Munching down on a carrot, for instance, stimulates your gums, removes tooth stains, and kills germs. 

Of course, even healthy food particles need to be removed through twice-daily brushing and once-daily flossing. Additionally, getting a check-up and professional cleaning every year helps ensure that your teeth, gums, and oral bones are healthy for life.

To schedule an exam and cleaning, contact the office most convenient to you or book an appointment with one of our providers online

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