The Best Foods for Your Teeth

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For those who don’t know, your diet and oral health have a direct relationship. You are at greater risk of tooth decay and cavities when your diet consists of sugary foods like candy and soft drinks. Before we get into what the best foods for your teeth are, we want to emphasize how important it is to drink water. Drinking fluoridated water is highly recommended by dentists because the fluoride helps to keep your teeth strong and resistant to acid which causes cavities.

Dairy foods, including cheese, milk and eggs on a table

Dairy

We have great news for you dairy lovers, products like milk and cheese are good for your dental health. Not only are a lot of dairy products low in sugar, but they are full of calcium and protein which are necessary nutrients to help keep your teeth strong.

Almonds and almond milk

Protein

Increasing your consumption of lean proteins in your diet can also benefit your dental health. Protein-rich foods like chicken, fish, almonds and milk provide the protein your teeth need to stay strong. Many proteins are also low in carbohydrates which is good because carbs increase your risk of cavities, due to their bacteria activating capabilities.

Salad of greens, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, and dried cranberries

Fruits & Veggies

Last but not least, are your fruits and vegetables which are important for your overall health. The list can go on and on, but healthy choices like salads, celery, carrots and apples are a good place to start. Not only are fruits and veggies high in water content which help with the sugar content, but they clean your teeth too. Another benefit is that the act of chewing those yummy fruits and veggies actually helps to produce saliva in your mouth, which washes away bacteria and food built-up in your teeth.

To schedule your dental appointment, contact local Newburgh, NY dentist Dr. Michael Koumas.

Sources:

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