We all know that we should eat a balanced diet and we all know that a daily oral care routine is important. But if you’re in the mood for a snack, you can choose the following items to satisfy your hunger and improve your oral health.
Apples stimulate saliva flow, which helps wash off the bacteria that could coat your teeth. The rough texture of the apple’s skin helps “brush” food particles off of teeth. Because of the texture of apples, the gums are stimulated when you chew them, just as brushing your teeth stimulates your gums.
The calcium and protein in cheese help strengthen tooth enamel. Because cheese raises the pH in your mouth, this delicious dairy treat helps neutralize the acid that breaks down the enamel. As if this wasn’t already as good as Double Gloucester, chewing cheese also stimulates saliva flow to wash away the bacteria clinging to your teeth.
It seems that you either love celery or hate it. However, there are great benefits this stringy food provides. Celery, like apples, cleans the cavity-causing bacteria that coats your teeth. It also contains two helpful antioxidants, Vitamins A and C, to improve your gum health. If you don’t like the taste of celery or want to add some flavor, pair this veggie with hummus, which is also good for your teeth.
Another good source of calcium and protein is found in almonds. However, if you have sensitive or weak teeth, these aren’t the best option because chewing on these could break your teeth.
Strawberries & Kiwis
These two fruits have high amount of vitamin C, which helps prevent collagen from breaking down. Maintaining collagen is important to keep your gums strong and much less vulnerable to periodontal disease.
Milk & Eggs
Both of these dairy products contain calcium and vitamin D. Calcium builds strong bones and vitamin D helps you absorb calcium. Drinking a glass of milk and making an omelet for a light lunch are great options for your tooth health. Throw in a few mushrooms for an extra dose of vitamin D.
Sweet potatoes provide another good source of vitamin C, benefitting your gums’ health and ensuring your teeth have a strong foundation. If you don’t like sweet potatoes, red peppers also provide the same benefits.
If you don’t feel like chewing on a snack, drink green tea. The polyphenols in green tea help reduce the products of the bacteria that typically hardens to plaque if not addressed.
When choosing a snack, consider the effect it will have on your teeth. If you have sensitive teeth, opt for soft fruits or a drink. If you love crunchy foods, grab an apple or bag of celery. Remember, however, that these snack options should never replace your regular oral care. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and visit your dentist every six months.
To set up a teeth cleaning appointment, oral examination, or to discuss more food options that are good for your oral health, contact your friendly dentist at Greenspoint Dental in Houston, Texas.