Healthy Snacks for Healthy Smiles

Did you know that prevention of cavities and maintaining good oral health becomes more than just brushing and flossing? Changes in mouth health begin the moment you eat certain foods. Bacteria that live in your mouth convert sugars to acids that break down the enamel on your teeth. Every time you eat, your teeth are being exposed to potential damage and decay. There are certain types of food that have less of a damaging effect on your teeth than others. This BLOG will explore those options.

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While those easy (and sugar packed) pre-packaged foods may seem like the easiest choice for a quick snack, they can often be the most damaging for your teeth. Eating right doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. The following are our top foods pics for your oral health:

  • Apples: Apples and other crunchy high-fiber foods can help clean difficult plaque from teeth. In an added bonus, apples are packed with vitamins and minerals that are highly beneficial to oral health.
  • Water: Water, especially with added fluoride, is vital to the health of teeth. Almost all water contains fluoride with the exception of some bottled water.
  • Eggs: Again, eggs are loaded with calcium, protein and vitamin D, crucial to the health of teeth.
  • Milk Products: Cheese, milk and yogurt are another excellent source of calcium, phosphorus and casein. These nutrients are necessary for maintaining and repairing enamel.
  • Crunchy Veggies: Crunchy, water-filled veggies like carrots and celery are great scrub brushes for the teeth. Water and fiber inherent in these veggies can balance the sugars in your body, lessening their impact on your teeth.
  • Green Leafy’s: Folic acid found in broccoli and green leafy veggies can help to maintain the health of teeth and gums.
  • Nuts and Seeds: Harmful mouth acids remove tooth enamel. Phosphorus & calcium found in many nuts and seeds helps to restore those minerals.

As always, in addition to these beneficial snacks, staying away from sugary, sticky snacks is crucial. Maintaining a healthy oral environment is vital to chasing away cavities and gum disease. At West Village Dental, we want you to have the benefits that come from good oral hygiene.

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With the above snack tips, you can successfully resolve to have healthier teeth and gums and a healthy smile. At West Village Dental, we know you value your teeth and so will we! We will help you understand your treatment options and work through the details with you. We want you to be comfortable and have a positive experience in our office. Call us today at 313-563-4466 to schedule your appointment today!

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