Healthy Fruits and Veggies for Your Best Smile

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When summer rolls around, healthy snacks can equal a healthy smile.

As you probably know, the state of your nutrition can have a dramatic influence on the state of your oral health. Sweet treats, although delicious, can eat away at the enamel of your teeth and lead to a buildup of plaque, causing cavities and gum disease. Healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, can strengthen the enamel and protect your teeth from decay and disease. Below are some healthy fruits and veggies for your best smile.

Leafy Greens

You have probably read this before, but it bears repeating: you need to eat plenty of leafy greens! Leafy green such as kale and spinach are high in calcium which helps promote strong teeth and the b-vitamin folate which can treat gum disease, especially in pregnant women. They are also low in calories and rich sources of a plethora of other vitamins and minerals which promote overall health. You can enjoy them raw in a salad or sandwich, but if you aren’t a fan of the flavor, you can sneak them into smoothies.

Carrots

When most people think of carrots, they think about their eye health which comes from the presence of vitamin A. But carrots aren’t just for the eyes—they also can protect your teeth! This vegetable is both crunchy and high in fiber which stimulates saliva production in your mouth and helps protect your teeth from cavities. Carrots are also easy to implement into your diet—you can snack on whole baby carrots or slice them into almost any dish. The important thing is to enjoy them raw.

Celery

Celery might not be as full of flavor as the previous two veggies on this list, but they are packed with fiber and vitamins A and C which promote healthy gums. The crunchy stalks act as a dietary toothbrush, scraping away plaque and harmful bacteria. The high water content also means that this veggie is extremely low in calories. To make this snack a bit tastier, you can dip this vegetable in hummus or cream cheese or chop it into your favorite chicken salad recipe.

Apples

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and the same applies to your teeth. One of the best healthy fruits for promoting oral health is an apple. Much like the vegetable options on this list, applies are crunch and packed with fiber, so the act of chewing stimulates saliva production in the mouth and massages your gums. Eating an apple can’t replace brushing your teeth, but it can keep bacteria and plaque at bay until it’s time to brush your teeth again.

Support Your Oral Health with Affinity Eating fruits and veggies alone won’t keep your smile healthy—you still need quality dental care. At Affinity Dental, we provide a variety of services from pediatric dentistry to orthodontics. With 170 combined years of treating a variety of dental needs, Affinity is committed to providing quality dental care. Contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

 

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