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Eat Your Way to a Better Smile

At Restorative and Implant Dentistry in Pompano Beach, FL, we are dedicated to making sure that you have the healthy teeth you need. Through regular dental cleanings and exams, our team is able to make sure your teeth are safe from danger and that no area of your mouth goes uncleaned or unchecked.

Additional general dentistry services like fluoride treatments keep your dental enamel strong, and sealants will protect your teeth against tooth decay. Keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright at Restorative and Implant Dentistry. Call our dental office today at 954-590-0538 to schedule your routine appointment.  

Outside of our dental services, the next most effective tool you have to keep your teeth healthy is knowledge. In this article, we are going to give you some dietary knowledge. Your diet has a huge impact on the appearance and health of your teeth. If you aren’t careful about the foods you are consuming, you can end up with a sub-par smile. Let’s explore five foods that give your dental health – and your smile – a boost.

 

5 Foods that Improve Your Oral Health

  1. Cheese

Dairy foods such as cheese are high in some important building blocks for your teeth, namely calcium and protein. Cheese is also very flavorful and can enhance the taste of almost any meal. One study also suggests that the way you chew cheese stimulates your salivary glands and produces additional saliva. This is an added benefit to your teeth because saliva washes away foods and sugars that stay on your teeth. This takes any additional fuel away from the plaque and tartar in your mouth.

 

2. Yogurt

Another dairy food, yogurt has the same ingredient benefits as cheese (calcium and protein) but also contains probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria that are naturally found in your digestive tract. They don’t attack your dental enamel and work to start the digestive process in your mouth. They also crowd out the bad bacteria in your mouth, leaving your gums in a much healthier state. Choose plain yogurt, which does not contain any added sugars. Add some fruit to the mix for flavor, and you have a great snack or even a breakfast.

 

3. Celery

Celery is great for your teeth as well. Celery is high in two important antioxidants – vitamins A and C – that help boost the health of your gums. As you know from our earlier article, gum health is vitally important to the quality of your smile. Another benefit of celery is that its fibrous texture actually cleans your teeth as you eat it. Packing celery as a snack or as a side for your lunch will do wonders for keeping your smile bright throughout the day.

 

4. Apples

Apples are another one of those foods that clean your teeth as you eat it. While the saying “an apple a day keeps the dentist away” is not true, it certainly doesn’t hurt. The texture of apples cleans the surface of your teeth and removes debris. Apples are also packed full of vitamin C, which is great for your gum health. Apples are one of the best and easiest foods to incorporate into your diet, and you can eat them anywhere. Start eating one as a snack throughout the day.

 

5. Almonds

Not fond of dairy products, or have issues dealing with lactose? Almonds are a great alternative. You still get the benefits of calcium and protein to help keep your teeth strong, and you get none of the problems that come with trying to digest dairy products. You can add almonds to any meal and have it taste great. Put them on your morning cereal or oatmeal, add them to your salad at lunch, or put them on a piece of grilled fish or chicken at dinner – it all works well.

 

Call our dental office at 954-590-0538 to schedule your appointment. While your diet is important to the health of your teeth, you still need a good dentist taking care of your smile. Trust Dr. Slootsky, Dr. Baez, and our exceptional dental team at Restorative and Implant Dentistry to take care of your teeth.