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The Foods You Eat Boost Your Body's Health, Not Just Your Oral Health

Posted on 3/23/2017 by Dr. Justin Lai
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Sure, you try to eat healthy. You want to be sure that your body is strong and in tip top shape. But no one worries about their oral health. Do you even know what types of food will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy?

You may be surprised to know what foods they are and you will probably be delighted to discover that you already eat many of these foods in your quest for a healthy body.

So, What Foods Are Good?
One group of foods that are good for your teeth are crunchy fruits and vegetables. Crunchy foods? Why, what's so special about crunchy foods? Well crunchy fruits and vegetables have two great effects on your teeth. First, their mild abrasive action due to their texture, actually helps scrub the surfaces of your teeth from food particles and plaque.

Second, these crunchy snacks cause you to produce saliva from the chewing action. Saliva neutralizes the bacteria in your mouth that causes tooth decay. Apples, celery, cucumbers and carrots are several highly recommended crunchy snacks.

What Other Foods Are Good?

Other foods that can contribute to both your body's health and your oral health are foods that are high in certain vitamins and minerals. Your teeth need calcium and for the calcium to work you need Vitamin D. These two substances are crucial to your dental health. Kale, spinach and broccoli are high in Calcium and fatty fish and tuna are high in Vitamin D.

Nuts are excellent because, not only are they crunchy snacks, but they are crunchy snacks that are high in elements like phosphorous which helps fight tooth decay. They also contain calcium. The best nuts are almonds, Brazil nuts and cashews.

Polyphenols are another substance that helps your teeth. Polyphenols reduce the bacteria in your mouth and neutralizes the toxic byproducts of bacteria. Green and black teas are high in polyphenols and are also high in fluoride. Cranberries are also high in this substance.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about dental friendly foods.

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