If you’re obsessed with attaining and maintaining a gorgeous, healthy smile, you’re not alone! At Simply Beautiful Smiles we know a thing or two about beautiful smiles; it’s what we do! Beyond providing excellent care through our amazing network of dentists, we also provide information on dental hygiene and general care to our clients. Because there’s more to a healthy smile than regular cleanings and flossing, we’ve created this list of the top five foods for a healthy smile. So, treat your teeth to foods that taste great while helping your teeth stay strong, sparkling, and cavity-free.
You’ve heard it a thousand times before. You need to drink more water.
Well, this is just another gentle reminder that water is not only good for your energy levels, skin, digestion, and mood, it’s also great for your oral health. Water, especially fluorinated water, makes teeth resistant to acids which cause cavities.
With nearly 75% of the U.S. population having access to water with fluoride, a simple glass of water from the tap is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your oral health.
Looking for a simple mouthwash? Use warm tap water and throw in a teaspoon of salt. Gargling salt water is just as effective as a store-bought mouthwash and is beneficial in many ways:
- Soothes mouth sores and bleeding gums
- Heals a sore throat
- Loosens and removes food
- Freshens breath
Nuts are a great snack choice for optimum oral health. They are packed with minerals, such as calcium and phosphorus, which teeth need to repair enamel after exposure to acids from sugary foods and carbohydrates. In addition, nuts stimulate saliva production which reduces the risk of tooth decay. Watch out for sugar-coated or heavily salted nuts which can cancel out these natural benefits.
Incorporating nuts into everyday meals is a simple yet strategic way to enjoy this vitamin-rich power food.
Next time you’re waiting in the grocery check-out line, grab a pack of sugarless chewing gum.
In addition to nuts, sugarless gum stimulates saliva production washing away acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. This saliva also coats your teeth with calcium, further strengthening tooth enamel.
Don’t believe chewing gum is good for your mouth? The American Dental Association (ADA) awards its seal of acceptance to companies who demonstrate scientific evidence showing the safety and efficacy of their product. The only chewing gums to date receiving the seal are sugarless gums.
Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt
According to a study done by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) in 2013, consuming dairy products may help protect against cavities.
AGD spokesperson Seung-Hee Rhee, DDS, says, “It looks like dairy does the mouth good. Not only are dairy products a healthy alternative to carb- or sugar-filled snacks, they also may be considered as a preventive measure against cavities.”
If you have kids at home, limiting sodas and sugary drinks can be a challenge. However, if they aren’t fans of white milk, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry still recommends a tall glass of chocolate milk as a tasty alternative to sugary snacks.
Any vegetable that has a crunch is more than likely a power-packed superfood for your teeth.
Snacking on carrots, celery, and apples stimulates your gums and helps maintain healthy teeth. Essential for Vitamin A production, raw vegetables contain high levels of beta-carotene which prevent dry mouth and promote healing.
To make raw veggies a bit more palatable, try pairing them with hummus, guacamole, or your favorite salad dressing.
Give your teeth a break from the sugary treats! Not only will your smile thank you, but you’ll feel better and enjoy the many benefits of choosing healthy foods and snacks.
A lifestyle rich in smart food choices is only part of a comprehensive dental care plan. Regularly scheduled cleanings and records are also essential for oral health giving you a beautiful smile that will last for years and years. Ready to start your journey toward perfect pearly whites? Schedule an appointment with Simply Beautiful Smiles today!