Your oral hygiene isn’t the only thing that helps keep your smile healthy. Some foods are known to be great for strengthening your tooth enamel and giving your oral health a boost.
Nuts, Fish, Olive Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acid foods
Supplementing your diet with foods that are rich in Omega-3 Fatty acids can help prevent gum disease and inflammation. That’s because they contain DHA, which is known to boost your immune system and help combat oral diseases.
Apples, Celery, Carrots and Fresh Fruit
In addition to containing essential vitamins and minerals, chewing on fresh, fibrous fruits like crisp apples helps remove bacterial debris from your teeth as well as stimulate gum tissue. Healthy snacks like these will leave less food debris in your mouth, decreasing your risk of food deposits and cavity formation.
Yes, calcium is good for your teeth, but eating cheese can actually reduce acidic levels in your saliva that would otherwise contribute to forming cavities. It doesn’t matter what kind of cheese it is, so go ahead and grab a block of your favorite kind to keep on hand for afternoon snacks.
Ok, water isn’t exactly a food, but it’s essential to your diet. Water naturally washes away acids, bacteria and food when you drink it. Unfortunately, the majority of bottled water does not contain fluoride, due to the reverse osmosis process that is used during the bottling process. Instead, it’s best to drink tap water that has regulated fluoride levels, which strengthen tooth enamel.
Healthy teeth start from the inside out. If you’re cleaning them, but are eating the wrong foods, you can destroy a beautiful smile. Even some foods mistakenly presumed to be “healthy” could cause tooth decay. Visit us at Indy Dental Solutions for a preventative care appointment and cavity screening today!