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We all want to take care of our bodies, and feed them the best foods for our continued health. Did you know that a healthy diet affects your mouth, as well? Let’s take a look at some of the best foods you can choose for a healthy smile.

Dairy: If you can eat dairy, choose low-sugar options, such as plain milk, yogurt, or cheese. Cheese is especially helpful for mouth health. Studies indicate that cheese can help prevent enamel erosion, due to the cheese’s high phosphate content. Phosphate helps balance the pH levels of your mouth; this helps neutralize the effects of acids on your teeth.

Vegetables: Decide to fill your diet with vegetables, and your mouth will thank you. Crunchy raw vegetables help scrape plaque away from teeth, acting as a natural toothbrush. Vegetables rich in Vitamin A, such as sweet potatoes, are also great for mouth health. Vitamin A helps maintain the soft tissues of the gums, and plays a major role in the maintenance of certain proteins which fortify and strengthen tooth enamel.

Fruits: If you are looking for something sweet to eat, choose a piece of whole fruit. The fiber in the whole fruit helps to balance out the sugars present. Crunchy fruits, such as apples and pears, help to clean teeth in the same way that crunchy vegetables do.

For more information, call McKenna Family Dentistry in Palo Alto, California, at 650-321-4544. Dr. David McKenna and our team are happy to help your smile stay healthy!