How Choosing Healthy Foods Can Help Your Oral Health

Did you know that brushing and flossing aren’t the only things you can do to help maintain good oral health? Fresh organic fruits at farmers market stallBefore it’s time to brush, think about how the foods you eat impact your teeth.

First, there’s the basics of what you should avoid or limit consumption. Foods that are high in sugar produce bacteria that can damage your teeth. Excessive amount of high acidic foods can also be harmful. However, rinsing your mouth or brushing your teeth after having sweet or acidic foods can protect your teeth.

Now, here are some healthy foods that can contribute to good oral health:

Apples – Fruits that are high in fiber and water can help your teeth. Chewing these substances creates saliva and helps stimulate the gums.

Almonds, Cheese and Yogurt – These protein and calcium-packed foods can strengthen tooth enamel. Yogurt has an added benefit, as probiotics fight against cavity-causing bacteria.

Leafy Greens – Lettuces like kale and spinach have more of that calcium to build up your enamel. These green also have folic acid, which has been linked to treatment of gum disease for pregnant women.

Carrots & Celery – These are good sources of vitamin a and chewing them helps produce saliva which cleans teeth.

Talk to your Brooklyn NY dentist to see how these and other dietary changes can improve your oral health.