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5 Foods to Eat for a Healthy Smile

nuts Whether you realize it or not, the foods you eat can affect your smile just as much as brushing or flossing. Each time you eat sweets or starches the bacteria in plaque gets another chance to form decay-causing acid and bad breath, yuck.

Tis the season, with holiday parties in the works, presents to buy, and family time to be spent, who has time to care about a healthy smile? Well move over toothbrush! These five foods are not only healthy for your teeth and gums, but they also help prevent cavities, bad breath and plaque.

  1. Fruit and Veggies:

    Sounds to cliche right? Fruits and Veggies aren’t just healthy for your body but for your teeth. According to the, “The effect of saliva on dental caries”, George K. Stookey, MSD, PhD states that apples, celery, and carrots, fiber-filled, stimulate saliva, which contains antimicrobials, that fight bacteria. In addition, chewing crisp-crunchy foods helps massage and improve circulation in your gums. Other research suggests that vitamin C may help keep gums healthy, so as an alternative healthy snack, grab an orange or grapefruit.

  2. Cheese:

    Full of Vitamin D and Calcium, Like milk, cheese is a good source too. These nutrients are very important for building strong healthy teeth. Studies also show that munching on some cheddar, gouda, or mozzarella can help neutralize the acids that strip away tooth enamel, and that means pearlier whites and less money spent on whitening.

  3. Fish:

    “I love fishes cause they’re so delicious!” =) The American Heart Association, states that fish is jammed pack with protein, vitamins, and lots of other nutrients. Add a healthy mouth to the long list of reasons to get more seafood into your diet. Studies also found that the omega-3 helps with gum inflammation. Sushi anyone?

  4. Yogurt:

    I will be the first one to tell you that i am not a fan of yogurt. But there is no denying that it is good for a healthy a smile. A major cause of bad breath, plaque, and gum disease is a buildup of bacteria. However, research has found that 6 ounces of plain, sugar-free yogurt a day help knock out germs between teeth. Also, those who eat yogurt four or more times a week tend to get fewer cavities.

  5. Nuts:

    According to research, nuts are rich in magnesium, calcium, and phosphate – all incredibly important nutrients for dental health and a dazzling smile. Nuts not only curb your appetite, but the extra chewing produces extra saliva and neutralizes the bacteria. Next time you think about grabbing a candy bar for a snack, grab some nuts for a healthy, beautiful smile and well-protected teeth and gums.

Looking for braces-friendly recipes? Look no further. Check out Dr. Burleson’s helpful resource, created just for you with professional chefs at: BracesFriendlyRecipes.com

Have a Happy Holiday season! Smile and show your healthy smile.

–Kim Bui

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