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Foods for a Healthier Smile

Foods for a Healthier SmileYou brush and floss just the way our Northridge cosmetic dentist recommends, and you visit us every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning. Is there anything else you could do to keep your teeth and gums healthier? In fact, making good choices about your diet can help keep your teeth stronger, fight bacteria and boost gum health.

1. Vegetables
Carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes are great sources of beta carotene, and leafy green vegetables can be a good source of vitamin A. Fibrous vegetables can help manually clean your teeth and massage your gums, which can combat bacteria.

2. Whole grains
Whole grains are a great source of vitamin B and iron, which can work to strengthen your gums. In fact, those who eat at least three servings of whole grains such as oatmeal, whole grain bread or wild rice are nearly 23 percent less likely to suffer from advanced periodontal disease.

3. Dairy
Dairy products are a rich source of calcium, which helps rebuild dental enamel. Cheese, yogurt, milk and other dairy products also stimulate saliva production. Saliva rinses away food particles and plaque, and it helps neutralize acid and remineralize teeth after a meal.

4. Water
Many people spend their days drinking coffee, tea, sports drinks and soft drinks, but they rarely drink water. Water is a great source of fluoride, which strengthens teeth. Unlike the other beverages you may be enjoying, water has no sugar or acid, both of which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease, and it helps rinse away bacteria and debris.

Contact us today to schedule your next checkup.

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