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When people talk about eating healthy and preparing meals that are good for you, they aren’t usually talking about what is good for your heart, or your waistline, and not usually what is good for your teeth.

There are many foods that are readily available that good for your teeth, help to defend your teeth against plaque build-up and cavities, and have other benefits to your oral health as well.

Below are some of the more popular foods that you probably already eat but may not have known about their tooth-friendly properties. 


Foods That Promote Oral Health

Eating cheese causes the natural pH levels inside your mouth to increase which, in turn, decreases your chances of experiencing tooth decay. In addition to being delicious and coming in so many different varieties, cheese is also packed full of protein and calcium, both of which are important nutrients that have been proven to make the enamel that covers your teeth stronger. 


For the most part, yogurt is the wolf in sheep’s clothing of snacks. Most yogurts are glorified junk food packed full of sugar, however, if you select a type of yogurt that is plain and has no artificial sweeteners or added sugars, like, cheese, the protein that are found in yogurt help to make your teeth stronger. Yogurt is also chock full of probiotics which, in addition to being good for your tummy, are good for the health of your gums due to the overwhelming amount of good bacteria they contain.

Leafy Green Vegetables

Leafy greens (the darker, the better) are one of those foods that should be one every type of healthy food list. Their caloric density is extremely low while their levels of minerals and vitamins are through the roof. Leafy green vegetables are also very high in calcium so, once again, they are great for building and strengthening the enamel on your teeth. 


While it is true that fruits such as apples do contain natural sugar in them, they are also full of water and fiber, both of which are essential to your health. The texture of an apple increases the blood flow to the tissue of your gums, which in turn protects your mouth. Chomping on an apple also increases the amount of saliva your produce. The excess saliva helps to rinse away lodged food particles and bad bacteria. 

At McBride Dental, we want to help you do everything possible to maintain healthy teeth and gums. With routine dental appointments and persistent care, you will keep your teeth healthy and functional.

The dental professionals at the San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are able to answer any questions you may have concerning restorative, preventative, or cosmetic dentistry, as well as various common dental procedures. 

We can assist you in establishing good oral health habits to ensure that your teeth are always there when you need them and your smile always looks perfect.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a member of our dental staff today.


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