Many of us try to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating right and exercising regularly. But, did you know that your teeth benefit from eating vegetables as much as your overall body? We recently explored some of the worst foods for your teeth, but let’s now focus on the best food and drinks.

Here’s a few to help you get you started on the right path:

  • Water. We’re surrounded by it here in the Lowcountry, but are you consuming it regularly? When you drink it, acid and sugars are naturally washed off your teeth. Also, water contains flouride (did you know that?), which helps protect against tooth erosion.
  • Dairy. Cheese and milk contain calcium, which we all know helps to create a beautiful smile since it helps to protect tooth enamel.
  • Leafy vegetables. Any veggie that requires a lot of chewing like lettuce and spinach can help clean your teeth with the natural saliva that develops while munching.
  • Apples and Pears. Fruits with high water content helps to stimulate saliva flow. This ultimately helps to protect against tooth decay.
  • Strawberries. They contain a natural enamel whitener because they are loaded with malic acid. This is the first time I’ve heard of this – and I haven’t tried it – but Health.com recently shared an at-home whitening treatment using strawberries:

Crush a strawberry to a pulp, mix it with baking soda, and spread it on your teeth using a soft toothbrush. Five minutes later, brush it off, rinse and voila: a whiter smile. (Be sure to floss, though, as tiny strawberry seeds can easily get trapped between your teeth.

If you try it, let me know what you think and if it worked! Share your experience with me.

Just remember that good oral care begins with a healthy diet and basic prevention measures like brushing and flossing regularly. It’s also highly important that you see your dentist twice a year for cleanings. Let’s schedule yours now…

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