Foods That Are Good for Your Teeth & Why

Foods That Are Good for Your Teeth & Why
Posted on 09/22/2016
Foods That Are Good for Your Teeth & Why

BerriesWe all know that a healthy, balanced diet is critical to overall health; but did you know that diet has a huge impact on teeth? You may not realize it, but certain foods can contribute to things like tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, while others can reinforce the integrity of your teeth and help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

To help guide your daily nutrition decisions, here is little about a few foods that are good for your teeth and why.

High Water, Crunchy Foods

(Celery, Apples, Carrots)

Crunchy foods with a high water content help in two ways. First, chewing them makes your mouth produce more saliva, which naturally cleans and strengthens teeth. Second, because they're crunchy, they act as a natural abrasive agent, helping to scrape off food particles and gently scrub the surface of your teeth.

High Antioxidant Foods

(Nuts, Berries, Other Fruits & Vegetables)

Antioxidants are virtual cure-all health elixirs, but there's one function that makes them perfect for healthy gums: they act as anti-inflammatory agents. Inflammation is one of the major contributing factors to early-stage gum disease, so a diet high in antioxidants is great for helping keep gums healthy.

Low-Fat Cheese

Cheese contains calcium, which is great for teeth. It also helps lower the acidity of your mouth, which is a critical factor in tooth decay. Furthermore, chewing on hard, aged cheese helps to scrub the teeth and increase saliva production.

Contact Your DuPont Kids Dentist Today

Have more questions about keeping your teeth healthy? We're here to help! Feel free to call your local DuPont children’s dentist at (253) 964-0150—proudly serving Joint Base Lewis-McChord and many other communities like Olympia, Lacey, and Yelm. You can also reach out to us directly through our contact page or our online appointment request form. We can't wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more tips and info on keeping your teeth healthy and strong!