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How often were you told to “eat your veggies!” growing up? Fruits and vegetables provide many vitamins and minerals that not only have a positive impact on our bodies, but our teeth too! 

So, in honor of it being National Fruits and Vegetables Month, here are some of the top choices for healthier smiles: 

  1. Give me all the greens 

Leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale, chard, cabbage and others are packed with nutrients like Vitamin A and C, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Phosphorous is especially important as it stored in your teeth and works with calcium to build strong and healthy bones (and teeth), promotes protein formation and many other essential benefits!

  1. Benefits of berries 

Blueberries, cranberries and strawberries are rich in antioxidants, which help your immune system and protect against gum disease, as well as anthocyanins, which are anti-inflammatory and help prevent many issues like cardiovascular diseases. And, while strawberries may be known to stain things red, they are actually a natural teeth whitener and help keep your teeth free of stains!

  1. An apple a day… 

…shouldn’t keep the dentist away (you still need regular cleanings and check-ups), but it can make your appointments better! Because apples are fibrous, chewing on fresh apple slices is almost like brushing your teeth as it helps clean your teeth, stimulate gums and reduce cavity-causing bacteria. Apples also help increase saliva in your mouth, which helps decrease acidity and wash away leftover food and debris that can stick and cause decay, bacteria and other issues. 

  1. Crunch on carrots 

Like apples, carrots help create more saliva and scrub the gums and teeth to wash away any build-up.  Carrots (and celery) are made up of minerals that create vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient when it comes to creating strong teeth! 

  1. Citrus is the zest 

Like apples and carrots, citrus fruits like oranges and pineapples, generate saliva to help keep your mouth clear of unwanted particles. They are also very rich in vitamin C, which not only is critical for your immune system but it also helps keep the tissues in your gums healthy to keep your teeth in place. However, citrusy foods should be consumed in moderation to avoid too much acid, which can cause tooth erosion and a higher risk for cavities. 

Ensuring these foods are incorporated in your body not only help you feel better, they create better and healthier smiles, too! Do you have questions about how your diet is affecting your oral health? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Stante today and let us help you keep your mouth and teeth strong and healthy.  

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