Five Foods that Are Great for Teeth | Sun Valley Pediatric Dentistry | Mesa, Avondale, Gilbert, AZ

shutterstock_107203121We have gone over the importance of brushing and flossing as it pertains to oral health, but did you know that what you eat can also help your oral health.

Milk

The benefits of milk extend past the proper growth of your bones! Milk is rich is calcium which can help protect your teeth against periodontal disease and keeps your jaw bone strong and healthy. Try drinking a glass of 1% milk every day for a healthy amount of calcium.

Pink Fish

Fish like wild salmon and mackerel are an incredible source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is a key component in maintaining proper oral health as it works as a catalyst with calcium. So the next time you enjoy a glass of milk pair it with some wild salmon!

Oranges

While orange juice and toothpaste is one of the most disgusting pairings for your morning, citrus is another great asset in the fight against poor dental hygiene. Oranges and other citrus are packed with Vitamin C which works to strengthen blood vessels and connective tissue throughout the body.
Vitamin C can also help reduce inflammation which can prevent the proliferation of gingivitis.

Strawberries

Strawberries are another great source of vitamin C which is also aids in the production of collagen, a key protein that maintains gum strength and integrity.
Consider making a smoothie with orange juice and strawberries for a one-two punch of vitamin c.

Water

It is important to always stay hydrated but did you know that water is also a great ally for your teeth. Water helps to wash away food debris and produce high levels of saliva. Saliva is your best defense against tooth decay as it contains natural proteins and minerals to fight bacteria causing acids.