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How to Eat for a Healthy Smile

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How to Eat for a Healthy Smile

At some point in your life, we bet you’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat.”

And the saying is quite true! Have you ever really stopped to consider how your diet impacts your oral health?

If you’re looking to keep your gums and teeth healthy, here are some of the best foods you can eat for a smile that will beam for years to come.

  1. Cheese. Cheese is typically high in calcium and low in sugar. More so, it contains casein, a protein that is helpful in protecting tooth enamel.
  2. Crunchy vegetables. Think carrots and celery. Chewing these types of veggies actually helps to clean your teeth as you crunch, acting as a natural dental floss. (But don’t skip your actual flossing every morning and night!)
  3. Fish. Common fish like salmon are packed full of phosphorus, which is another important mineral for protecting the enamel of your teeth.
  4. Cranberries. Did you know that cranberries are rich in polyphenols? Polyphenols have antioxidant benefits, which may be effective against plaque buildup.
  5. Nuts. While almonds and peanuts offer good amounts of calcium, cashews may help to stimulate saliva production, which is important to help wash away debris left behind on your teeth and gums.
  6. Pears. Did you know that unlike other fruits, pears have the ability to neutrali[z]e certain acids in the mouth that can lead to tooth decay? Consider snacking on a pear the next time you’re in need of a quick bite.

Looking for more tips on how to keep your smile happy and healthy? Ask your dentist at your next visit.

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