As the saying goes, you are what you eat. But did you know that what you eat also affects your smile? Start munching on these delicious treats, recommended by Dr. Alina Bergan DDS, for a healthier mouth and a dazzling smile!
This fuzzy little fruit has the highest amount of Vitamin C of any fruit, including oranges! What does that mean for your chompers? Vitamin C to keep your gum tissue healthy and strong. Without it, they are more susceptible to periodontal disease.
Sipping on some green tea can not only help prevent cavities and gum disease, it can also kill the bacteria that cause bad breath. Bonus! Green tea has catechins, which kill the bacteria that cause plaque. Drink up! Your smile depends on it!
These tiny seeds that you find in some Chinese and Thai dishes (as well as on top of your hamburger bun) are packed with bone-building calcium. They help to preserve and protect the bone that supports your teeth and gums. As a bonus, they also help to build up your tooth enamel while sloughing away plaque. If you add them to your salad they will also help you absorb the nutrients in the veggies you are eating!
No long just for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner! You should add sweet potatoes to your regular diet. These delicious spuds are rich in Vitamin A, which your body uses to form tooth enamel and heal gum tissue. Bonus! They are also loaded with fiber to help keep you fuller longer.
You know those strong vapors from onions that make you cry? Well, they come from the sulfur compounds in the vegetable, which gives them a superpower-packed antibacterial punch. Get ready, though: Onions are most effective for your smile when you eat them raw!
Say Cheese! If you love cheese, you will love this news! Munching on some cheese helps prevent gum disease and cavities. The reason is that cheese is very high in calcium and phosphate, which help to balance the pH levels in your mouth. This in turn helps to preserve your tooth enamel and kill harmful bacteria.
Have some fun with that crunchy stuff because, guess what? It is great for your smile! When you chew celery, you produce saliva. Your saliva neutralizes cavity-causing bacteria. As a little bonus, while you are chewing, it is giving your gums a little massage and cleaning between your teeth.
Chow down on some of these healthy snacks and give your mouth something to smile about!
Have questions on how to have a healthy white smile, we encourage you to give us a call at 800-223-0801 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Alina Bergan. Call us today to schedule an appointment in our Cedarhurst office. You can also schedule online at http://www.alinabergandds.com/appointments/