Foods To Maintain A Healthy Mouth
Once you are finished wearing braces or Invisalign aligners, you will truly have something to smile about which is your new, straight and healthy smile! In order to maintain that amazing new smile, it’s very important to see your West Calgary Orthodontist regularly, practice good oral hygiene and maintain a healthy diet. Here are some foods that are good for your teeth you should incorporate into your daily diet.
Foods rich in calcium like cheese, leafy greens and almonds help protect the enamel on teeth to keep them strong and healthy. Calcium even helps redeposit minerals back into the tiny lesions on tooth enamel, which are caused by acidic foods and drinks.
Crunchy foods that require some serious chewing to break down like carrots, apples and celery, help remove harmful bacteria and plaque from your teeth.
Citrus Fruits and Strawberries
Strawberries, oranges, grapefruit and other citrus fruits are full of Vitamin C which helps maintain healthy gums by strengthening blood vessels and the connective tissues that holds your teeth in place. Vitamin C also helps reduce inflammation, which can prevent or slow the progression of gingivitis. Just a half a cup of fresh strawberries provides you with more than 70 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.
Fatty fish such as wild salmon and mackerel are great sources of Vitamin D which helps your body absorb and use calcium, a nutrient that protects your teeth and gums from disease.
Foods Rich in Fiber
High-fiber foods including beans, nuts and leafy greens require a lot of chewing. All that chewing physically scrubs your teeth while helping to stimulate saliva flow. Saliva is your mouth’s first line of defense as it neutralizes harmful acids that eat away at tooth enamel.
Contact Your West Calgary Orthodontist Today
The team at Surrideo Orthodontics believes that everyone deserves to have a healthy and beautiful smile! By making sure you eat a healthy diet full of foods good for your teeth, you can keep your smile healthy for a lifetime! Contact our orthodontist office if you have any questions or if you’d like to schedule your initial consultation.. We can’t wait to hear from you!