Foods that Keep Mouths Healthy
By Dr. Gregory S. Herzler, DDS
March 18, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Food   Diet  

Your Saginaw Dentist recommends incorporating these foods in your daily diet for smile benefits.

Everyone wants to keep a healthy smile; however, it’s no shock to hear that our culture does love sugar. From an increase in soda consumption to eating vending machine snacks after school, sugar has become a normal part of our diet. Despite this, there are foods that actually do offer some benefits to your smile. Add these foods to your “to eat” list and you may just find your smile looking more radiant and clean.

Cheese: Cheese has been found to lower the acidity within mouths, which reduces the growth of bacteria and plaque. Furthermore, chewing cheese also stimulates the production of saliva, which also washes away bacteria.

Crisp fruits and vegetables: As we mentioned above, chewing can help to reduce the buildup of plaque and also clean the teeth. Therefore, get down to chewing on some carrots, celery and apples. You may just find yourself with a cleaner, healthier smile.

Milk: Milk offers a lot of great benefits for your teeth and gums. For one, milk contains calcium, which keeps bones strong and protects gums against periodontal disease. Furthermore, just like cheese, milk has the ability to neutralize acidity in the mouth to reduce the growth of bacteria.

Lean Protein: Opt for healthier meat choices like fish, skinless chicken and lean beef. Try to consume at least 8 oz. of seafood each week and incorporate eggs and beans into your protein options.

Besides incorporating these foods into your daily diet, it’s also important to keep snacking between meals to a minimum. Snacking especially can lead to poor food choices like sugary foods and potato chips, which can damage teeth and cause cavities. If you do need a snack opt for foods such as sugar-free yogurt, fruits, nuts and cheese, which can also keep teeth clean and healthy.

Even with a smile-friendly diet, you still need to maintain good oral health by seeing your Saginaw dentist every six months for maintenance and care. If it’s time for your biannual visit, then call Dr. Gregory S. Herzler, DDS to schedule your next appointment.