By now, you likely know the basics of good oral hygiene: brush your teeth twice daily, floss each day, and visit our office regularly for cleanings and exams. However, our patients occasionally underestimate the importance of their diet when it comes to the health of their pearly whites. This summer, make your oral health a priority by reaching for the following summer snacks that are good for teeth.
Summer salads are refreshing and nutritious. Leafy greens are chock full of beneficial fiber that is not only good for your digestive system but also healthy for teeth. Fiber requires a lot of chewing to break down and therefore stimulates saliva that cleans teeth and breaks down acid. Additionally, fiber acts like a mini toothbrush while you chew by scrubbing food particles off of your teeth.
Green tea contains powerful antioxidants that benefit your teeth by keeping plaque from sticking to them. These antioxidants also contain disease and bacteria-fighting properties that can fight decay. Whether you enjoy a hot cup of green tea in the morning or a cool glass of iced green tea on a hot summer afternoon, this beverage packs a powerful punch.
Cheese may not be your first thought when considering summer foods, but adding a cheese plate to your next summer cookout can provide a tasty benefit to your oral health. Cheese contains calcium that strengthens teeth and bones in addition to casein protein that fortifies enamel, the protective outer coating on your teeth.
Not only is wild salmon delicious, it contains nutrients that strengthen and protect teeth. Wild salmon is high in vitamin D and omega-3s that help your body to absorb the calcium it needs for strong teeth and bones.
These tasty summer snacks can not only satisfy a craving but also protect your smile. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next appointment at Kildaire Family Dental, call our office today!