National Nutrition Month: 3 Foods for a Healthy Smiles
Published on March 20, 2019
There are various aspects that affect our health, in different ways. One of those aspects is the food we eat and all the nutritious value it brings to our health. Did you know the food we eat also affects our smile? March is National Nutrition Month and our mouths are the first point of contact for all the different foods we eat throughout the day. Here are 3 foods to incorporate into your daily life for healthier smiles.
Dairy: Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt are good for your teeth and overall dental health because of the calcium and protein, which strengthens teeth. A big plus if your intake is low in sugar or sugar free. Our locations in Fairwood and Mercer Island, allow us to serve our communities with the highest level of Orthodontic care. From braces to Invisalign, our goal is to ensure your smile is an excellent, healthy smile.
Fruits and Vegetables: We all know the importance of eating our fruits and vegetables. But the benefit for your teeth is due to the high water and fiber that helps balance the natural sugars they contain and help clean your teeth. Of course chewing also helps to stimulate saliva production, which washes acids and food particles away, which contributes to cavities and gum disease.
Almonds, Walnuts and More Nuts: Yes, nuts are extremely healthy for your teeth. Different types of nuts contain protein and minerals and don’t add risks of giving you cavities. “Why? Because tooth decay is caused by acid-producing bacteria that are activated by carbs. Another benefit is that chewing nuts stimulates saliva production, which can reduce your risk for tooth decay,” according to the American Dental Health Association.
It is important to remember to stay away from nuts and other hard or sticky foods if you just received braces or during orthodontic treatment. Check out some more information on foods to avoid here.