You have all heard about the many foods that are bad for your teeth – soda, energy drinks, candy and sweets. But what about the many foods that are good for your teeth and overall oral health?
Check out the list below that Dr. Jensen has compiled of foods that are good for you and your mouth!
Yogurt is high in calcium and protein – it’s not just good for your overall digestive health, but good for your teeth too. The probiotics in yogurt benefit your gums by pushing out bacteria that can cause cavities. Dr. Jensen’s favorite yogurt is a plain Greek yogurt with some fruit or nuts added in.
Milk and Cheese
Like yogurt, both milk and cheeses are high in calcium and protein too. Eating cheese can raise the pH in your mouth and lower the risk for tooth decay. The amount of chewing needed to digest cheese increases saliva in your mouth which is good too. Dr. Jensen drinks a glass of milk every night with his dinner.
Everyone has heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. There might just be some truth to that when it comes to your oral health! Fruits such as apples can be a good alternative to eating sweets and can cure cravings too. They are packed with fiber and water and also produce saliva in your mouth that rinses away bacteria and food particles. Eating an apple isn’t as effective as brushing your teeth, but it can tide you over until you have a chance to brush!
Celery and Carrots
Like an apple, celery and carrots can act somewhat like a toothbrush! The fibrous texture can scrape away food particles and bacteria. Both are a great source of vitamin A and C and antioxidants that are good for your gums too. Dr. Jensen packs bags of carrots and celery slices as snacks when he’s on the go.
Almonds are an excellent source of protein and calcium and are low in sugar too. Try a small serving of almonds as a snack, or mix them in your favorite salad or stir fry. Dr. Jensen snacks on almonds quite regularly – they are a great snack when paired with a glass of wine!
If you’re looking for something to drink that won’t harm your teeth, Dr. Jensen always recommends sticking to water or unsweetened tea. Both are the best options for your teeth with the exception of a glass of milk.
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