shutterstock_129173642-300x200Did you know that food can either improve or weaken your smile? In fact, healthier food choices not only make you feel better, your teeth become stronger and can fight off oral diseases more effectively. To teach her patients which foods to enjoy more often for a nicer smile, Dr. Deborah Gennero, your Houston, TX dental office dentist, recommends tooth-friendly foods.

Eat More of These Foods for a Stronger Smile

  • Fruits and veggies. Foods that have a high fiber content help maintain your smile cleaner and healthier. Fiber-rich foods, such as crunchy vegetables and fruits, require more chewing. The extra efforts causes your mouth to produce more saliva, which is the mouth’s natural defense against cavity-causing bacteria.
  • Dairy products. Enamel is the hardest element in your body and it’s made from two components: calcium and phosphorous. Dairy—especially cheese—contains high levels of calcium and phosphates, which helps remineralize your teeth. By incorporating more dairy-based products, you’re essentially creating a more resilient smile.
  • Teas. Do you like to drink green or black teas? If you do, then your teeth, alongside your body, benefit greatly. Both green and black tea contain polyphenols, which suppresses and even kill oral bacteria by eliminating the acidic qualities these have.
  • Sugar-free gum. Much like enjoying more fibrous food, chewing sugar-free gum stimulates saliva production to keep your smile in top-notch shape. Furthermore, the stickiness of the gum and chewing motion, removes some of the leftover food particles.
  • Fluoride-rich foods. Patients who enjoy bottled water over tap water, increase the possibility of cavities. Oftentimes, bottle water doesn’t contain fluoride, which is used to allow teeth to mend themselves at more microscopic level. If you’re concerned about the recommended amount of fluoride, talk to your Houston, TX dental office dentist.

Consult with Your Houston, TX Dentist about Proper Oral Care

For more information on healthy foods for your teeth, talk to Dr. Gennero. She can explain which foods benefit your smile the most and why. To schedule an appointment with our Houston, TX dental office, call us at (281) 578-6200. Also, visit our website for services, patient forms, and to learn more about the team. We gladly welcome patients from Clear Lake, The Woodlands, Katy, Sugarland, and surrounding cities.