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Good Foods for a Healthier Smile

good foods for a healthier smileAre you eating a smile-healthy diet? Many people are not. Acidic, starchy, sweet, and sticky foods can erode the enamel on your teeth and leave you vulnerable to cavities. A balanced diet with plenty of smile-healthy foods will keep you smiling for years to come.

• Cheese and other dairy products
Cheese is an excellent source of the calcium your teeth need to be strong and healthy, but it also contains casein, which helps remineralize teeth. Yogurt is another source of casein and calcium. Enjoying cheese and yogurt regularly may be just the ticket to stronger enamel.

• Fibrous fruits and veggies
Pears, crisp apples, celery, and other high-fiber treats are not just delicious; their fibers help mechanically clean teeth. They stimulate saliva flow, which helps rinse away the loosened debris.

• Tap water
Bottled water is harsh on the environment and is likely doing nothing for your teeth. Because many municipalities add fluoride to tap water, a tall glass of iced water can help fortify your teeth and combat bacterial damage.

• Sugar-free gum
You may not think that gum is healthy, but when it contains xylitol, it can destroy oral bacteria. Gum can also dislodge debris and stimulate saliva flow for cleaner teeth.

• Sesame seeds
Munching on sesame seeds or rinsing with sesame oil may help reduce plaque and bacteria counts while stimulating the remineralization process, according to some recent studies.

Even the best of diets cannot prevent all dental problems, which is why daily cleaning and routine dental checkups are so critical. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Phoenix.

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