Feed Your Smile: What To Eat for a Healthy Smile  

You may know that eating a variety of healthy food groups is great for your body, but, did you know fruits and vegetables are also good for your teeth? Find out if what you’re eating is providing enough vitamin-rich foods in order to keep your teeth healthy, bright, and white!

1. Celery

Celery is fibrous and stringy, which can help clean teeth by removing food particles. It’s also high in vitamins A and C. Because of this we recommend Celery as a great snack or you can even cut it up into pieces! For an added boost, add a little plain cream cheese or peanut butter.

2. Apples

Everyone knows that apples are good for overall health and wellness, but they’re also good for your teeth. Apples contain lots of water and fiber, and the process of chewing the raw apples helps your mouth create saliva, which washes away food particles and helps bathe your teeth in minerals and nutrients. For best results, we recommend eating them raw with the skin on.  If you have braces, just make sure to cut into smaller pieces that are easy to bite into.  

3. Carrots

Carrots are another fiber-rich food that’s high in vitamin A. When eaten raw, the action of chewing helps improve saliva production. Eat carrots as snacks and before and after meals for optimal tooth and overall health.  If you have braces, just remember to make sure they are cut into smaller pieces!

4. Kale and Spinach

Kale and spinach are dark, leafy green vegetables, which are extremely high in calcium, as well as other nutrients that your teeth need in order to remain healthy and strong. Dark leafy greens are best eaten raw in salads, but cooking them doesn’t diminish their health benefits.

5. Cheese and Yogurt

Cheese, yogurt, and other foods that are high in calcium are beneficial for your teeth. Yogurt contains a plethora of good bacteria, which can actually lower the numbers of bad bacteria in your mouth.  Just make sure you are looking at the amount of sugar as some yogurts have a bunch of added sugar.

6. Citrus Fruits and Berries

Citrus fruits and berries are great for your teeth because they contain a lot of vitamin C and other antioxidants. However, citrus fruits are also high in citric acid and sugars and berries can stain teeth. Because of this, we recommend brushing your teeth about 30 minutes after your last bite. This can help reduce the chances of tooth staining and clean food particles from your teeth.

7. Plain Water

When choosing something cool, refreshing, and healthy to drink, consider plain water. Water helps hydrate the body and wash food particles out of the mouth. Not to mention, if you have Invisalign or braces, water is the best thing for you to drink because it means you don’t have to remove your aligning trays or immediately brush your teeth after drinking water.  Carbonated water beverages have grown in popularity and you also need to be aware of the amount that you consume. While the water is good, the carbonation is very acidic and can cause damage to your teeth if consumed too often

Beautiful Healthy Smiles with our Orthodontist 

As an Orthodontist, we can help you improve the appearance of your smile and make it easier to clean your teeth for the long-term with orthodontic appliances, braces, and Invisalign. When your teeth are crooked or crowded, brushing and flossing can prove to be a very difficult task, which can lead to food particles and plaque left on your teeth for an extended amount of time. When this happens, it increases your risk of cavities and gum disease. Straightening your teeth with braces or clear aligning trays can improve your oral hygiene and the health of your mouth.  Straight and properly fitting teeth are not only beautiful but they are also very healthy!

To learn more about our orthodontic services and to schedule an appointment to see if braces or Invisalign would be right for you, contact us today! We serve all of Baldwin County, including Fairhope, Spanish Fort, and Daphne, AL.