Best Foods to Promote Better Oral Health
Posted on 9/7/2020 by Brandon Cooley
Best Foods to Promote Better Oral HealthWhen it comes to good oral health, monitoring food and beverage intake is as vital as brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Foods that are high in sugar or acid will promote cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Conversely, nutrition-dense foods can promote oral health by reducing or negating the effects of harmful bacteria. Our team recommends a diet with sufficient fruits, vegetables, dairy, and water for optimal oral health.

Foods for Good Oral Health


Cheese combats acid erosion by increasing the pH levels in the mouth. The nutrients in cheese also fortify teeth's enamel. The beneficial bacteria in yogurt counteract some of the harmful bacteria residing on a patient's gum lines. The nutritional content of leafy vegetables build up teeth's enamel and control the symptoms of gum disease and periodontitis. The fiber in apples stimulates the gums, and the act of eating an apple produces extra saliva, a natural antibacterial fluid that also prevents dry mouth. As is the case with apples, eating carrots generates extra saliva. The texture of celery removes food debris from the mouth, and celery's content of vitamins A and C promote good gum health. Almonds contain high amounts of calcium and proteins which are beneficial for a patient's teeth. Coconuts have natural antiviral and antibacterial properties that help in managing bad breath and bleeding gums. Eating raisins combats harmful bacteria that cause gum disease, though patients must take care to ensure that the raisins don't remain stuck to their teeth. And onions can ward off harmful bacterial that trigger gingivitis and periodontitis.

Drinks for Good Oral Health


The nutritional value of green tea can prevent bone resorption and neutralize harmful bacteria that cause gum disease. Milk has high calcium content, which fortifies teeth. Water is a great substitute for sugary drinks, and fluoridated water fortifies the teeth's enamel. If you have questions on how to improve your diet for your oral health, contact our office for a consultation.
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