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5 Foods To Eat For A Healthy Smile

Preventative Orthodontics for Adults 2 in Rochester, MN by Dr. Jim Gores of Lakeside Dentistry

Think about the things you need to do to enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile. Your mind probably immediately goes to brushing, flossing, and regularly going to the dentist. But eating smile-friendly foods is just as important!

At Lakeside Dentistry, we want to help you choose foods that will set you up for long-term dental success. In fact, Dr. Peggy Scott’s background is in dietetics, so she’s uniquely qualified to answer all your questions!

Read on to learn about five foods you should eat for the health of your smile. Then, if you’re looking for excellent preventative and general dentistry in Rochester, MN, look no further than Lakeside Dentistry. We offer a wide range of dental services in a relaxing setting that overlooks — as you might have guessed — a lake! Call us at 507-316-6444 to schedule an appointment.

 

1. Dairy

 

Dairy products that are low in sugar benefit your teeth as well as your jawbone, which plays a key role holding your teeth in place. So, don’t feel too bad about adding a little cheese to your sandwich or a little sour cream to your baked potato!

If you can’t eat dairy, there are other ways to infuse your diet with calcium. There are, of course, dairy-free alternatives like soy milk. But you can also find calcium in beans, almonds, and leafy vegetables!

 

2. High-Fiber Fruits & Vegetables With A High Water Content

 

Water is great for your teeth because it prevents bacteria-attracting food debris from sticking to the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline. So, it makes sense that eating fruits and vegetables with a high water content would have similar dental health benefits. And when you find a vegetable with both a high water content and high fiber content, it’s a true winner.

That’s because high-fiber foods generally require a lot of chewing, which encourages saliva production. Spinach, broccoli, carrots, celery, and apples are all great choices if you’re trying to consume foods that will help keep your smile healthy.

 

3. Nuts

 

Nuts provide you with the crunch you crave without an abundance of carbohydrates that can compromise your smile. Plus, nuts are high in protein, which also promotes dental health!

Next time you’re craving a snack between meals, reach for a handful of almonds instead of potato chips. You’ll be doing your teeth a favor, and the healthy fat content of nuts will tide you over until the next meal better than chips can.

 

4. Lean Proteins

 

Phosphorus-rich lean meats like chicken, eggs, and fish help improve the strength of your teeth, which reduces your risk of cavities! Plus, these lean meats are packed with proteins, which have health benefits beyond your smile.

 

5. Water

 

While not technically a food, water is a great defense against tooth decay and gum disease. And in most places, tap water is fluoridated, which helps strengthen your enamel. Your enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth, which protects against cavities.

 

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At Lakeside Dentistry, we care about all aspects of your oral health! If you’re looking for high-quality comprehensive dental care in Rochester, MN, call us at 507-316-6444 to schedule an appointment. You can also fill out our online form.

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