While it’s crucial to keep up with your dental appointments, incorporating certain foods into your diet can also contribute to a healthier, brighter smile.
Apples for Malic Acid
Apples are a natural source of malic acid, which is produced in our bodies when converting carbohydrates to energy. Chewing apples not only helps scrub your teeth but also increases saliva production, aiding in stain removal and teeth cleaning. This is supported by a 2013 study from the University of Granada in Spain.
Strawberries for Brightening
Similar to apples, strawberries are rich in malic acid, which aids in removing surface stains and brightening tooth enamel.
Lactic Acid in Cheese for Enamel Protection
Eating cheeses high in lactic acid, such as cottage cheese, cream cheese, Colby, and cheddar, is an effective way to protect your enamel. Lactic acid combats harmful acids, stimulates saliva, and fortifies teeth with calcium, phosphorus, and protein.
Beta-carotene for Tooth Protection
Beta-carotene-rich fruits and vegetables, like carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, and kale, are converted into vitamin A by your body, helping to protect your teeth. Fibrous veggies like green beans and cauliflower also boost saliva production, providing additional oral health benefits.
Water for Overall Oral Health
Regular water consumption offers multiple benefits for oral health. It prevents tooth staining, reduces the buildup of sugars and acids, and strengthens teeth, especially fluoridated tap water. Water is also essential for bodily functions and reduces the risk of disease and dehydration.
Remember, while our professional dental care is vital, natural foods and water play a significant role in maintaining your oral health between visits.
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David S. McGuire, DDS