Last August, we recommended a few near-and-dear-to-our-heart snack choices that benefit your pearly whites in 5 Mouth-Healthy Foods You Should Be Eating, so if you felt like you experienced a serious déjà vu jolt while reading the title of the blog post just now, that’s probably why.
August was a while ago though, so we figured you might appreciate a few more smile-boosting food ideas, so here are five foods to add your dietary lineup as often as possible.
Yogurt has calcium and “good bacteria” that can help keep your gums healthy. Eating yogurt can also play a part in balancing your mouth’s PH levels.
Be sure to opt for brands and choices that don’t have a lot of added sweeteners or sugars.
This isn’t a food per se, but chewing sugar-free gum after chowing down on not-so-wonderful-for-your-teeth foods can act as a sort-of “rinse-cycle” cleansing.
Strawberries are high in vitamins, antioxidants and other important nutrients and are considered by many to be something of a natural “tooth-whitener” because of their unique texture.
Spinach (And Other Leafy High-Fiber Vegetables)
Leafy greens not only provide your body with an array of vitamins and minerals for very little calories (generally speaking), they can also serve as a way to “clean up” your teeth and gums with their fibrous texture.
A recent study found that cranberry juice acts like Teflon® for teeth, making it difficult for the bacteria that causes cavities to cling to tooth surface [and may] disrupt the formation of the building block of plaque, known as a glucan. However, store-bought cranberry juice tends to be loaded with added sugars which are terrible for teeth, so we suggest that you reach for fresh cranberries instead.
Bonus: Fresh cranberries have vitamins, minerals and lots of antioxidants.
Bon appétit! Oh and if you’re looking for the perfect drink to complement your new smile-friendly snacks, check out Introducing Your New Go-To Smile-Approved Beverage!