In our last post, we talked about foods that can damage your smile. Today we’re going to cover what you can eat to make your smile stronger and healthier.
A balanced diet that contains a lot of fruits and vegetables will provide the essential nutrients to protect your overall health and this includes your smile. One easy way to do this is by choosing fruits and vegetables that come in a lot of different colors. That way, you’ll be sure to get a variety of vitamins and minerals that will bolster the health of your smile.
Vitamin C and D
Two of the most important vitamins for your smile are vitamins C and D. Vitamin C is crucial for your immune system to ward off common dental infections like tooth decay and gum disease. You can find vitamin C in several types of fruit and vegetables, including pineapple, cauliflower, bell peppers, strawberries, and all types of citrus.
Vitamin D enhances your health in various ways. For example, it makes it easier for your body to absorb calcium, a key building block for your teeth. Vitamin D is available in cheese, mushrooms, liver, tuna, and salmon among other foods.
Calcium and Phosphorus for Strong Teeth
In addition to vitamins, several minerals are also important to your health. Your teeth are made of minerals and two of the most important minerals for your smile are calcium and phosphorus. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are excellent sources of calcium. You can also find it in almonds, okra, broccoli, brazil nuts, and black-eyed peas. Phosphorus is available in meat, fish, pumpkin seeds, scallops, and lentils.
Crunchy Fruit That Makes Your Mouth Water
Fruit is very good for you, but crunchy fruit such as apples, pears, celery, and carrots provide additional benefits for your smile. As you chew these healthy snacks, the high fiber content causes them to help scrape plaque away from your smile. Plaque is unhealthy because it feeds the bacteria that cause tooth decay. These fruits also cause your mouth to water, and saliva rinses your smile clean while it fights bacteria.
Beautiful Smiles in Beverly Hills, MI
Dr. Winter is your smile specialist. Visit our office in Beverly Hill, MI for regular checkups to keep your smile shining bright. And feel free to give us a call and ask about what our porcelain crowns and dental implants can do for your smile.