You probably realize the foods you choose have an impact on your waistline, heart health, and overall well-being; but did you know your diet can also affect your oral health?
In honor of National Nutrition Month, Dr. Stock and the entire Brookline dental team here at Smile Brookline would like to share a few of our favorite healthy staples with you:
Apples and Pears: Aside from being tasty and versatile, crisp apples also help effectively “scrub” away plaque and freshen breath. Raw pears neutralize acids in your mouth, which prevents enamel from wearing away.
Try this: Slice apples and bring them with you to work for a healthy, tooth-cleaning, mid-afternoon snack! If you need a little extra flavor, you can also try spreading some peanut butter on each slice.
Carrots and Celery: Loaded with fibrous strands, celery is basically “nature’s floss.” Each strand weaves through your teeth to clean out any debris that may be hiding there. Crunchy carrots are natural tooth-scrubbers!
Try this: Keep a baggie of carrots and celery slices with you in the car for a quick and easy on-the-go snack! Our Brookline Dentists love snacking on some carrots and celery dipped in ranch dressing!
Cheese and Yogurt: Cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products are a satisfying source of enamel-strengthening calcium. They can even help replace minerals in your teeth!
Try this: Add low-fat yogurt to your morning smoothie for a punch of tooth-strengthening calcium! For variety, follow the advice of our Brookline Dentists and try some Greek yogurt mixed with fruits!
Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens scrub debris off your teeth as you chew them.
Try this: Create a delicious spinach or kale salad with your favorite veggies, lean protein, and a flavorful vinaigrette for a satisfying work lunch!
Strawberries: Strawberries are a low-calorie, tasty source of malic acid, a natural whitening agent.
Try this: Enjoy strawberries any time of the day – on your morning oatmeal, in a summer salad, or as a delicious dessert!
Sugar-Free Gum: Most would think dentists discourage the use of gum, but the Brookline Dentists at Smile Brookline actually encourage it! Sugar-free gum stimulates saliva production, washing away acids produced by bacteria, and keeps your breath minty fresh.
Try this: Keep a pack of sugar-free gum in your car, purse, or work desk so you can chew it when you don’t have the opportunity to brush after a meal. Make sure it’s sugar-free, though, as the alternative can quickly cause cavities!
Water: Drinking plenty of water daily has many health benefits. Besides keeping you hydrated and alert, drinking a glass of water after meals flushes excess sugar and debris off of your teeth.
Try this: Add strawberries, mint, and cucumbers to your water for a natural, refreshing flavor boost!
Clean eating is good for your overall health, waistline, AND your teeth!
Comment below with a link to your favorite healthy recipe – we’d love to try it!