Five Foods that are Incredible for Oral Health

Your mouth is affected by your diet just as much, if not more than the rest of your body. Certain foods will affect your mouth positively in ways that no other food can. On top of drinking lots of clear fluids, the following are great foods to keep your mouth happy and healthy. At Sunrise Dentistry, we value overall health just as much as we value the health of the mouth.

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Almonds

Almonds contain a good amount of calcium and protein and are low in sugar. These little nuts are a convenient food because you eat them in so many different ways. A handful with any meal can be a good idea, you can throw them on top of a salad, or you could get your fill of almonds out of an almond butter.

Yogurt

Yogurt contains high levels of calcium and protein making it ideal for maintaining the strength of your bones and teeth. Studies have also shown that the consumption of yogurt can cut down on plaque, bad breath, and gingivitis. When choosing which yogurt to add to your daily diet, lean towards a plain type of yogurt without any added sugars.

Apples

Crunchy fruits and veggies like apples and carrots cause a heightened production of saliva. In theory, this helps rinse your mouth out, which can reduce the likelihood of cavities. Apples act as a great lunchtime dessert, just throw a bag of apple slices in with your sandwich to get your mouth nice and clean after your midday meal.

Green Tea

Green tea is home to some marvelous antioxidants that have been shown to lower the risk of gum disease. The more of this magical concoction you gulp down, the lower the risk becomes. The study to back this information was performed in Japan.

Citrus Fruit

The acidic environment created by eating fresh citrus fruits discourages the growth of bacteria in the mouth. The vitamin C found in these fresh fruits is also a preventative measure for gingivitis and gum disease. These benefits apply to all fruits and veggies high in Vitamin C like berries, melons, and peppers.

Sources:

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/article/healthy-foods-list-seven-best-foods-for-your-teeth-0214

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