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5 Foods That Promote Oral Health

Protecting your smile and maintaining your oral health isn’t just your dentist’s responsibility. At home, you can protect your teeth by incorporating foods into your diet that help maintain your smile’s shine, strength, and vitality. Benjamin J. Crowley, DDS, at Brightwork Family Dentistry, located in Richmond, Virginia, believes you can do your part to improve your oral health with five common foods along with dedicated at-home and in-office hygiene practices.

1. Dairy

The enamel in your teeth needs plenty of calcium and protein to remain strong and healthy. Milk, yogurt, and cheese are packed with calcium and protein. Cheese, in particular, is an excellent choice for maintaining healthy teeth since it raises the pH levels of your mouth. A higher pH level reduces the chance of tooth decay.

2. Green Veggies

The next time you’re at the grocery store, make sure not to skip the kale and spinach. Leafy greens are packed with vitamins and minerals that are not just good for your overall health but proven essential to good oral health. They’re high in calcium, which is great for enamel, and also contain folic acid. Folic acid is a type of B vitamin proven valuable in preventing gum disease in pregnant women.

3. Carrots

Many non-green veggies have significant benefits for your teeth. Carrots are high in fiber. Biting into a raw carrot causes your mouth to produce a great amount of saliva. If you can’t brush your teeth right away, this allows your saliva to wash away bacteria and prevent cavities. 

4. Apples and pears 

Much like carrots, apples and pears stimulate saliva production to help clean your teeth of bacteria. While apples can raise the acidity of your mouth, the saliva it produces can washes away the acidity. Pears have a more neutral pH.   

5. Nuts

Nuts contain numerous health benefits that can benefit your oral health. Almonds, Brazil nuts, and cashews contain calcium and phosphorus that help fight bacteria that cause tooth decay. Peanuts contain vitamin D which helps strengthen bones, including your teeth and gums. Walnuts are a great source of fiber, folic acid, potassium, and zinc. 

When in doubt, consuming plenty of water is always good for your oral hygiene.

You can also visit our dental team to ensure you’re doing everything you can to protect your smile. Our office offers an array of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental services so you can maintain optimal oral health. To schedule an appointment at Brightwork Family Dentistry, call our office or book online.

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