While is clear that to maintain a healthy smile, foods that are high in sugar should be avoided, sometimes it is unclear what foods are good for your teeth. Dietary habits more obviously affect your overall physical health than your dental health, but the benefits food can have for your teeth are numerous. If you are conscious about the foods you eat, you can ensure that you consume foods that improve the strength and overall health of your teeth.
Our dentist, Dr. Joshua Scott Murdock understands just how much the foods you eat can affect you teeth for good or bad. Furthermore, our team at Rogue Valley Family Dentistry in Grants Pass, Oregon, is here to help you understand what foods can improve your oral health and which ones should be avoided.
Here are some of the foods that make for a healthier mouth:
– Dairy products: Eating dairy products like yogurt and cheese and also drinking milk boosts your mouth produce more saliva, which plays an important part in protecting you teeth. There are also calcium and other important compounds found in dairy rich foods that replace minerals in your teeth and make them stronger. Milk also contains proteins that prevent cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to tooth surfaces.
– Teas: Both black and green teas contain polyphenols which fight the bacteria that cause the formation of plaque.
– Vegetables and fruits: As well as dietary benefits, fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins that are important for the health of your teeth and gums. These also work to create mouth-cleaning saliva
If you have any other questions regarding what foods can improve your oral health, please give us a call at 541-479-5505 and schedule an appointment with a member of our capable team. We are here to help you with your smile and all of your oral health needs.