Last week we talked about how dental implants compare with dentures. This week Bryan, TX dentist Dr. Majors and the rest of his staff want to talk about something a little different. Today we want to discuss which foods you can eat that will best support the health of your mouth.
If you are looking to improve your oral health, many times the first place you need examine is your diet. That being said, let’s take a look at some of the most teeth friendly foods you can start including in your diet today, and what they do for your oral health.
Fresh Fruits and Veggies Fight For Your Teeth
No, this isn’t an opportunity for us to lecture you on your dieting habits. When we suggest eating more fruits and veggies we are doing so strictly with the health of your mouth and teeth in mind.
Fruits and veggies contain something called fiber. Fiber is a natural facilitator for the production of saliva in your mouth.
Saliva happens to be your mouth’s natural defense against bacteria. When your mouth has a healthy amount of saliva in it, that saliva does something amazing to bacteria. It has the ability to keep portions of bacteria suspended in a type of liquid prison. When you swallow, those portions of trapped bacteria are then sent down into your belly. Believe it or not, you digestive tract is much better suited for effectively handing bacteria than your teeth and gums are.
In other words, eating more fresh fruits and veggies could help keep your mouth in tip-top
bacteria battling shape!
Which Fruits and Veggies Do the Best Job?
After reading the above paragraph, you might find yourself wondering “Well, which fruits and veggies are actually the best for my teeth?” Don’t worry, we went out and got a list of the most mouth friendly fruits and veggies you can buy due to their high fiber content.
The Most Fiber Rich Fruits and Veggies
- Artichokes: 10.3 grams per medium vegetable, cooked.
- Peas: 8.8 grams per cup, cooked.
- Broccoli: 5.1 grams per cup, boiled.
- Brussels Sprouts: 4.1 grams per cup, boiled.
- Raspberries: 8 grams per cup, raw.
- Blackberries: 7.6 grams per cup, raw.
- Avocados: 6.7 grams per half, raw.
- Pears: 5.5 grams per medium fruit, raw.
Buy Local to Stay Fresh
Now, you can find all of the above-mentioned foods at your local grocery store, but why not make shopping for your smile friendly produce just a little more exciting? You can do this by visiting the Brazos Valley Farmers Market. Here you can find a bevy of the freshest fruits and veggies available, all grown by local farmers near you! What’s not to love about that?
Until next time readers, eat some fruits and veggies and keep smiling.