Most of us know that to improve your oral health with what you eat, you need to cut back on all those tempting sugary snacks. There are other ways to improve your smile through your diet! It also has additional benefits for your body’s health when you cut back on sugar while boosting the health of your mouth! Here are a few suggestions for snacking to naturally keep your smile shining and strong.
THOSE RAW VEGGIES SUCH AS CARROTS, CELERY, AND CUCUMBERS
You are probably not surprised that raw vegetables end up on most lists of healthy snacks. What you may not know is that raw vegetables that are high in fiber can help prevent tooth decay? While you are enjoying them, you are also gently scrubbing your teeth as you chew them. This will remove plaque that would have otherwise caused cavities. When you are chewing raw vegetables, it will encourage saliva to wash over your teeth and this hinders plaque accumulation.
LET’S TALK ABOUT CHEESE, YOGURT, TURKEY, AND NUTS
It is important to have strong enamel to protect your teeth against chipping and cracking. Unfortunately, you cannot heal the enamel as it becomes worn down with use. When you are eating protein and dairy products, the calcium and phosphorus they contain are used to rebuild your weakened enamel and replace the minerals that are lost over time. There is actual research that even suggests that certain dairy products can neutralize the acids that cause tooth decay.
EATING THOSE LEAFY GREENS AND CITRUS FRUITS
These foods contain vitamin C which is a tried and true way to support your immune system, which helps keep your body strong against infection. It is also especially important in your gum tissue, which is working to fight off oral bacteria from plaque and tartar to prevent gum disease. This is one of those vitamins that can be found in a wide variety of foods like oranges, pineapples, and lemons. With all the good things that these citrus fruits provide they are also very acidic and can damage your enamel. Other foods that provide a good source of vitamin C include kale, cantaloupe, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.
DRINKING A GLASS OF TAP WATER WITH YOUR SNACK
When you are drinking a glass of water with every snack, you are also rinsing away any lingering food particles, plaque, and bacteria that have accumulated. You will find this even more important if you are someone that is snacking throughout the day. Frequency of exposing your teeth to sugars in your food will increase your risk of cavities. By drinking water throughout the day will continue to rinse away the sugars. The more often your teeth are exposed to the sugars in your food, the more you increase your risk of cavities. You will also find that tap water contains fluoride, the same important mineral found in most toothpastes. It binds with your tooth enamel to make it incredibly strong and resistant to tooth decay.