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By St. Charles Family Dentistry
May 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: nutrition  

Brushing and flossing your teeth is certainly important for maintaining your dental health, but is there more you could be doing to keep healthy dietyour teeth in good condition? Your St. Charles, IL family dentists--Drs. Lynn Lipskis, Dana Lipskis and Edmund Lipskis--have some suggestions for how their patients can tailor your diet to keep your teeth bright, shiny and clean.

Calcium-rich foods

You probably know that calcium is essential for strengthening the skeletal system. Because teeth have a similar makeup to bones, calcium is an excellent way to maintain your dental health. Not only does calcium bolster the structure of the teeth, but it also keeps the jawbone healthy and strong. You can introduce calcium into your everyday diet by making sure you have a dairy product included in each meal: cheese, milk or yogurt can easily be added to your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Leafy, green vegetables can also boost your calcium intake. Your St. Charles family dentist suggests kale, broccoli, spinach or soybeans as an extra calcium source.

Fruits and vegetables

In addition to the numerous health benefits that come from eating fruits and vegetables, they're also an asset to your teeth. Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, raw carrots or celery encourages the production of saliva, which is helpful in removing bacteria and food particles from the teeth, especially if you're not immediately able to brush your teeth after a meal. Your St. Charles family dentist finds that patients who regularly enjoy raw vegetables as part of a balanced and healthful diet have a lower risk of developing cavities than those who don't.

Almonds

These crunchy kernels offer both the advantages of the foods listed above. Almonds are high in calcium, yet low in sugar, making them an excellent snack. Their consistency also offers the same benefits as crunchy vegetables, stimulating saliva production and preventing cavities.

If you have any further questions or concerns about your teeth, we encourage you to give your St. Charles, IL family dentists at St. Charles Family Dentistry a call to set up an appointment today!

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