Foods to Promote a Healthy Smile

Pittsburgh General Dentist - Dentonics - Foods for Optimal Oral HealthWhile maintaining good at-home oral hygiene practices and coming for regular dental checkups at our Pittsburgh general dentistry office are essential to maintaining a healthy smile, there are other things you can do on a daily basis to promote optimal levels of oral health. In particular, the foods you eat can go a long way to keeping your teeth and gums in great shape.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has developed a list of foods that will help promote a healthy smile. These include:

  • Basil – This natural antibiotic will help reduce the harmful bacteria in your mouth that causes plaque and tartar to develop.
  • Broccoli – President George Bush may have refused to eat this vegetable, but you shouldn’t. Broccoli forms an acid-resistant fil on your teeth which will protect your enamel.
  • Carrots – Carrots contain lots of Vitamin A, which helps promote healthy tooth enamel. In addition, the crunchy texture of carrots will promote healthy gums.
  • Cheese – The lactic acid in cheese can help prevent tooth decay.
  • Celery – This crunchy vegetable massages the gums and stimulates saliva production, which facilitates the removal of food particles from your teeth.
  • Ginger – This anti-inflammatory will help you maintain healthy mouth tissue.
  • Green tea – Green tea is rich in catechin, an antioxidant that reduces the growth of gum disease-causing bacteria.
  • Kale and chard – These vegetables are rich in minerals that support healthy tooth structure.
  • Kiwi –This rich source of Vitamin C will help prevent gum disease.
  • Lemon – Lemon is a natural whitening agent, and may help you maintain the benefits of a teeth whitening
  • Onions – The sulphur in onions will fight bacteria that cause tooth decay.
  • Pineapple – Pineapple stimulates saliva production and is rich in Vitamin C. Both of these will be beneficial to your oral health.
  • Quinoa – This super grain is loaded with minerals that help keep your teeth strong.
  • Salmon – This fish is rich in Vitamin D, which helps your teeth to get the full benefit out of the calcium in your diet.
  • Sea salt – This seasoning contains a variety of minerals that will strengthen your teeth.
  • Sesame seeds – These seeds scrub your teeth and help reduce plaque. They’re also a great source of calcium.
  • Shiitake mushrooms – These mushrooms are a great source of Lentinan, a sugar that helps reduce bacteria in your mouth.
  • Strawberries – Like sesame seeds, strawberries will scrub your teeth to reduce plaque. They’re also rich in fiber and Vitamin C, which helps promote healthy gums.
  • Wasabi – Wasabi contains compounds that help stem the growth of bacteria.

Eating a mouth-healthy diet is a great way to supplement your oral hygiene practices, and it will hopefully reduce the number of oral health issues detected during your regularly scheduled checkups. Ask  Dr. Frye about other ways you can improve your oral health next time you visit our office.

Please contact Dentonics using the form at the right side of the page or call 412-487-6910 today to schedule a dental checkup and teeth cleaning. We serve patients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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