The subject of our last blog post was “Foods That Threaten Your Smile.” You’ve probably been hearing about how you need to avoid sugary foods for a long time and it can get pretty annoying after a while. That’s why this blog post is going to be about foods you can eat that are good for your smile
There are several types of food you can eat that help protect your smile. The first thing you want to do is make sure your diet is balanced to include a variety of fruits and vegetables to get a good mix of essential vitamins and minerals. An easy way to achieve this is to check to see if the fruits and vegetables you eat come in a variety of colors.
Essential Vitamins and Minerals
One of the most important vitamins for your health is Vitamin C. Cells in your immune system depend on Vitamin C to fight off infection and disease. Tooth decay and gum disease are two infections that inflict severe damage on your smile, and you need a healthy immune system to protect yourself against them. The good news is that Vitamin C comes in all sorts of healthy and delicious foods, including strawberries, melons, papaya, and citrus fruits such as oranges and tangerines.
Vitamin D is another essential vitamin for maintaining oral health. This vitamin helps you properly absorb calcium, which is one of the major building blocks for strong teeth. You can find Vitamin D in healthy foods like tuna, salmon, liver, eggs, and cheese. You can also get Vitamin D by being out in the sun, but be sure to use plenty of sunblock to protect your skin.
Two important vitamins for your smile are calcium and phosphorus. You can find calcium in dairy products such as milk and cheese and it’s also available in leafy greens like spinach and kale as well as white beans and several types of fish including perch and salmon. Phosphorus is available in salmon, scallops, pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, and lentils.
Fruits That are Crunchy and Juicy
You can find Vitamin C in all fruit, but crunchy, high fiber fruit such as apples, pears, celery, and carrots provide your smile with two additional advantages. First, they help scrape dangerous plaque off your teeth as you chew them. Second, these fruits help prevent dry mouth. This is healthy because your saliva contains chemicals which help defend your smile against tooth decay and gum disease.
Healthy Habits for Healthy Smiles
In addition to eating the right foods, it’s also important to visit Dr. Robson in Grand Rapids to keep your smile healthy and attractive. Call today to schedule your next appointment.