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Most people know all about heart-healthy foods, but not everyone knows that there are also foods that are good for your teeth. At Smiley Dental Webb Chapel, Dr. Raquel Wright and Dr. Navaneetha Natchimuthu in Dallas, Texas, are pleased to share some healthy food tips to help you make good choices while celebrating the holidays.

Tooth-Friendly Choices

–Researchers at the University of Illinois discovered that polyphenols, which are compounds found in both black and green teas, slow down bacterial growth that can cause cavities and gum disease. These teas are also good for fighting bad breath.

–Chewing cheddar cheese lowers acid levels in the mouth and stimulates saliva production, both of which promote good oral health. Cheese also has calcium and protein which aids tooth enamel.

–Crunchy foods like apples, raw carrots, and celery can help clean plaque off of your pearly whites. They also contain fiber, which stimulates both the gums and saliva production which help wash away plaque.

–If you want to build tooth enamel, in addition to cheese, eat plenty of leafy greens such as spinach and kale, and almonds, which contain calcium. And meat, eggs, and fish supply the body with phosphorous, which also helps tooth enamel.

–If you have eaten and can’t brush your teeth, chewing sugarless gum helps remove bacteria in the mouth, which prevents plaque from building up on your teeth.

–Drinking milk after consuming sugary foods can help neutralize the acid created by bacteria which forms into plaque.

During the upcoming holiday season, why not take the time to care for your smile so your smile will take care of you? If you need to reach us for any questions or concerns, please call 214.635.2810.

Dr. Raquel Wright, Dr. Navaneetha Natchimuthu, and the rest of our team at Smiley Dental Webb Chapel in Dallas, Texas, wish you and your loved ones a healthy, happy, Thanksgiving!