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Best Foods for Oral Health

Best Foods for Oral HealthYou know that keeping your teeth clean plays a critical role in your oral health, but did you also know that your diet is just as important? In fact, an unhealthy diet can leave you more prone to dental decay, gum disease and other serious dental conditions while a healthy diet can protect your dental health and reduce your risk of developing certain diseases. Our Northridge dentist recommends eating a well-rounded diet that includes dairy products, fresh veggies, fruit and other smile-healthy foods.

Cheese is one of the best foods for your teeth. A good source of calcium and low in sugar, cheese also contains casein, a protein that has been found to strengthen enamel. Cheese tends to neutralize the acidic byproducts or oral bacteria, which can erode dental enamel and make your teeth more prone to cavities. Yogurt, milk and other dairy products also contain tooth-strengthening casein and calcium, so eat and drink up!

Celery is another great food for your teeth. In general, any fibrous raw veggie can promote dental health by massaging your gums and promoting saliva flow. However, celery in particular breaks down into thin strands that manually clean your teeth as well. If you are not a big fan of raw veggies, fibrous fruits are also good for your teeth. Apples, pears and similar fruits stimulate saliva production. Pears in particular can be beneficial by neutralizing oral acids just as cheese does.

In between meals, satisfy your cravings for a little something extra with sugar-free gum. Although many artificial sweeteners may be questionable when it comes to your health, Xylitol, the sweetener in sugar-free gums, disrupts the metabolic cycle of oral bacteria, which reduces the levels of acid in the mouth. The gum itself can benefit your teeth by mechanically removing plaque and food particles as you chew.

Give us a call today to schedule your next checkup or a consultation with our Northridge teeth whitening dentist.

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