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By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
March 19, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Food  

There are some foods (and drinks) that your dentist has warned you about since you were a child, including sugary and sticky treats. But there are also certain foods that help promote good dental health. Put these foods on your grocery list today if your top priority is to keep your mouth healthy. Additionally, put a note on your appointment calendar to see your Bergen County, NJ dentist at Gentle Mouth Healthy Dentistry, P.A. for a checkup in the near future.

Vegetables
Whenever you’re trying to improve your health, eating more leafy green vegetables is a good idea. That’s because leafy greens are rich in vitamins (A, C and K) and minerals to help strengthen your tooth enamel as well as antioxidants that help combat bad bacteria. So if you want to improve your dental health, add more spinach, kale, greens, broccoli and leafy green lettuce to your diet as soon as possible.

Fruits for Good Dental Health
Some fruits aren’t recommended for your teeth, like blueberries and raspberries, because they can stain your teeth. But there are plenty of other fruits that promote good dental health. For instance, cranberries are rich in polyphenols that help resist the development of plaque on the surface of the teeth (though they can also stain teeth, so you should still be careful about eating them!). Apples and pears are good to eat because they stimulate saliva production when you’re chewing and saliva is a natural protection against plaque. Ask your Bergen County, NJ dentist for a list of more fruits to eat that are good for your teeth.

Calcium-Rich Foods
Add more calcium-rich foods to your grocery list if you want better dental health. That includes drinking more milk (try half and half milk since it’s lower in sugar) and eating more cheese. Cheese is also good because it neutralizes plaque acid when you chew it and boosts the production of saliva in your mouth.

Keeping Your Mouth Healthy
In addition to keeping your mouth healthy with diet, it's also important to maintain regular appointments with your Bergen County, NJ dentist. Contact Gentle Dentistry at (201) 384-1611 to set a time for a checkup and to talk to a dentist about more foods that are good for your smile.

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