No matter what your summer plans are, a healthy smile is the perfect accessory. While good oral hygiene and regular office visits are important, you might be overlooking one important component of a healthy smile: a healthy diet. Our team at Willow Smiles Dentistry has put together this list of summer foods that not only taste great, but can give your smile a boost.
Nothing screams summer like a refreshing slice of watermelon. Not only is watermelon delicious, it’s good for your teeth. Eating watermelon stimulates saliva production. Additionally, because of its high water content, when you snack on watermelon it can wash away food residue. That can help clean your teeth.
You might be surprised to find cheese on this list, but it’s chock-full of tooth-friendly properties. Cheese is high in calcium and phosphate, two minerals that strengthen your tooth enamel. Strong, healthy enamel protects you from cavities, sensitivity, and other issues.
With a refreshing crunch and tons of flavor, raw veggies are a tasty addition to a tooth-healthy diet. Carrots, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower are full of fiber and other nutrients. As you chew, the fiber in raw veggies acts like a natural toothbrush and scrubs food particles and residue from your teeth. For the maximum benefit, go easy on dressing and dip — they can be high in sugar and acid.
Yogurt is packed with calcium. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw bone and your teeth, creating a stronger, healthier smile. Emerging research suggests that dairy might also reduce your risk for gum disease. If possible, opt for a low or no-sugar option to protect your pearly whites.
Healthy Smiles at Willow Smiles Dentistry
A healthy diet that protects your teeth doesn’t have to be boring. Regular cleanings also protect your teeth. Call today to schedule your next visit to our Puyallup, WA office or to ask our team any questions about your oral health!