It is a fairly well-known fact that sugary foods and fermentable carbohydrates can contribute to tooth decay. Listed below are a few foods that are good for oral health.
Calcium and protein, contained in cheese, are nutrients that can help strengthen tooth enamel. Eating cheese helps reduce the risk of tooth decay by raising the pH level in your mouth.
Another food that is high in calcium and protein is yogurt. It can help strengthen the enamel on your teeth and is also a great source for good bacteria that can assist in pushing out bad bacteria by giving it less room to live in your mouth. Choosing a plain variety with no added sugar will maximize the benefits of eating yogurt.
Kale and Spinach
Folic acid is a type of B vitamin that is found in leafy greens has many great health benefits and can help promote good oral health. Kale and spinach are also another source of calcium.
Fibrous Fruits and Vegetables
Chewing fibrous fruits and vegetables helps increase the saliva in your mouth. Saliva helps wash away bacteria and reduce the risk of tooth decay. The fibrous texture of apples can also help clean your teeth and stimulate your gums. Carrots can be a good source of vitamin A, and they also stimulate your gums and increase saliva. Celery contains both vitamins A and C and has the same benefits as apples and carrots for helping to clean your teeth.
Regular dental cleanings and checkups, as well as brushing and flossing regularly, may be essential to maintaining a healthy mouth, but eating healthy foods can be very beneficial.
You are welcome to call Contemporary Dental Arts at 918-459-9090 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to schedule an appointment for your regular cleaning and exam. Our dentist, Dr. Matthew Warlick, can go over any questions you may have.