We often hear about foods that are bad for your teeth. Sodas, foods high in citric acid, and sugary foods are all known to eat away at your teeth’s enamel and cause a host of other dental problems. But what about foods that can actually positively impact the health of your teeth?
The important element to look for is calcium. Milk and other dairy products are rich in calcium, but did you know that there is more calcium in kale than milk? Following is a list of foods that are good for your teeth.
It’s no secret that kale is a superfood. It is high in vitamins and minerals, fights inflammation, and is high in calcium, which promotes the strength of the enamel of your teeth. Kale is also a great source of folic acid, which helps prevent gum disease. If you’re not a salad eater, don’t fret! There are plenty of other ways to add this superfood to your diet. Try blending some water, a handful of kale, a banana, some berries, and ice for a delicious and nutrient-packed smoothie. Your teeth (and the rest of your body) will thank you.
While the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that we avoid foods high in sugar, apples can be the exception to that rule. While foods such as apples may be sweet, they are also high in fiber. Because apples are so fibrous, the act of eating an apple produces saliva in your mouth, rinsing away particles of food and bacteria. Apples are also high in water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain. Maybe the old adage should be updated to: “an apple a day may keep the doctor AND the dentist away.”
You will find another great source of calcium in a handful of almonds. Not only are almonds a great source of calcium, but protein, as well. A helpful tip for incorporating more almonds into your diet: Buy a bag of raw almonds on your next trip to the grocery store. Keep that bag of almonds on your desk (if you work a desk job) or on-hand for the next time you feel like a quick, filling snack.
Like apples, carrots are fibrous and very helpful in helping scrape away food particles and bacteria. Carrots provide a healthy alternative to chips or crackers, which contain empty calories – enjoy some carrot sticks with some hummus and you’ve got a healthy snack.
Combine a healthy diet, a diligent teeth cleaning schedule (preferably twice a day) with proper technique, and regular visits to the dentist, to keep your mouth healthy and cavity-free. For more information, visit Dr. Kathy Bui’s contact page or call to set up an appointment: 940-365-7688.