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Foods & Drinks That Strengthen Teeth

June 29, 2021 1:14 am

There are many foods and beverages that are good for teeth. Here are a few that will strengthen your child’s smile:

  1. Water
  2. Water is excellent for your entire body, including your teeth and gums! Like a natural rinse for your teeth, water washes away leftover food particles and stain-causing pigments. Water is also essential for fighting off infection in your mouth and producing sufficient saliva. Saliva coats your teeth in fortifying minerals, fights bad breath, and prevents uncomfortable mouth dryness.

  3. Veggies & Beans
  4. Vegetables and beans are packed with vitamins and nutrients that promote healthy gums and strong teeth. Leafy greens like broccoli and spinach contain calcium, which strengthens the bones and teeth. Fibrous vegetables like celery, jicama, and carrots act almost like toothbrushes by removing debris from teeth.

  5. Dairy Products & Nuts
  6. Dairy products and nuts (like cashews and almonds) contain calcium and phosphorus, which are critical minerals for the health of your teeth. For yogurt, we recommend sticking to lower sugar options, like unsweetened Greek yogurt. Keep in mind that dairy products contain lactose, which is a form of sugar. For this reason, be sure your child brushes their teeth before bed if they like a glass of milk at night.

  7. Sugar-Free Chewing Gum
  8. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating helps to clean teeth by stimulating the production of saliva. It also freshens breath. Children younger than 4 years old should not chew gum as it should not be swallowed and could be a choking hazard. All children should stay away from sugary gum.

Maintain Good Oral Health Habits

Encourage your child to limit their consumption of sugary drinks, candy, and processed carbohydrates. A balanced diet, a daily dose of oral hygiene, and routine dental visits will do wonders for keeping their smile healthy and beautiful. Contact us for more information about tooth-friendly foods and beverages for your child or to learn about our comprehensive pediatric dental services!

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