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Now Eat This: Strengthen Teeth with Healthy Foods

April 17th, 2015

A healthy diet not only keeps you feeling good on the inside and looking great on the outside, it can help strengthen teeth and gums, whiten teeth, help build enamel, and kill tooth-decay causing bacteria in your mouth.

These “power foods” can help strengthen teeth and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile:

Grapefruit: The natural acids and astringent properties in grapefruit can help boost gum health, aid in wound healing, and decrease gum bleeding. Rich in vitamin C, grapefruit can help preserve the collagen in your gums from breaking down around the teeth.

Celery and Carrots: Crunchy veggies help slough off plaque and kill bacteria that cause bad breath. They “scrub” teeth clean by increasing saliva production, which serves as the mouth’s self-cleaning agent.

Strawberries, Apples, Oranges and Pineapples: Sweet and tart fruits cause the mouth to produce more saliva, which washes teeth clean naturally. All of these fruit contain bacteria-busting vitamin C. Strawberries also contain malic acid, which acts as a natural astringent to help remove surface stains.

Yogurt, Milk and Cheese: Dairy products contain lactic acid, which can help protect teeth against decay. Rich in calcium, they also help to strengthen enamel and the bone around the teeth. By forming a temporary coating, calcium also deflects natural mouth acids and helps prevent decay.

Check with your dentist to find out about even more natural foods that will enhance your oral care regimen. Of course, regular checkups and cleanings will keep your smile healthy and strengthen teeth for a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.

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