5 Foods That Are Good for Oral Health

We are frequently warned about the dangers of sugar to our oral health, as well as to our health more generally. Earlier in September, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study reaffirming regular consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks dramatically increases your chances of dying from digestive disorders or other health issues.

oral-healthIt is important to know what not to eat, or what to eat or drink less of to prevent illness, including tooth decay or other oral health problems. Even more important is knowing what foods you should eat to support your health. Luckily, there are many foods that taste delicious, are readily available in most grocery stores, and help strengthen the health of your teeth and gums.

Foods To Boost Oral Health: Our Top 5

  1. Dairy products. Cheeses and unflavored yogurt and milk all contain bone-strengthening calcium. They also are low in sugar and high in protein.
  2. Fresh fruits and vegetables. Produce such as apples, carrots, berries, and grapes are high in water content as well as fiber, which helps clean the surfaces of your teeth.
  3. Green tea. Green tea can aid your oral health in several ways. It increases the alkalinity of your mouth (which is good), limits the growth of cavity-inducing bacteria, and may even slow the growth of oral cancer lesions.
  4. Nuts. Nuts, including almonds, cashews, and walnuts, provide important  minerals and protein. Chewing them thoroughly stimulates saliva production, which is essential for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
  5. Foods containing beta-carotene. “Orange” foods – such as cantaloupe or sweet potatoes and dark, leafy green veggies such as spinach are rich in beta-carotene, which supports bone development, including tooth enamel.

“In general, eating a diet consisting mostly of lean protein sources and a rainbow of minimally processed colorful fruits and vegetables is best for your oral health,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix and the founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates.  “Our  practice will be delighted to discuss with you foods to improve your oral health.”

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