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Citrus fruits can protect, not erode, tooth enamel.

When it comes to the health of your teeth, you typically know what to avoid. Sugar- and starch-laden foods can do a number on teeth, increasing the risk of cavities. Acidic drinks can cause enamel erosion, which may lead to tooth sensitivity and discoloration. But did you know that certain foods and drinks are good for your smile? Here, Dr. Heeyup Ghim of Black Mountain Dental lets you in on some information you need to know for a healthy smile.

Good for You, Good for Your Smile

Let’s start with the basics: water. Not only do you need water to survive, but it helps wash away bad bacteria and cavity-causing plaque acids. Water also helps curb dry mouth, a condition that increases the risk of tooth decay. If you want some variety, choose sugar-free drinks to satisfy thirst without bathing your teeth in sugar.

Pucker up! Citrus fruits, while acidic, are beneficial for teeth because they increase saliva flow. And studies have shown that citrus fruits can protect, not erode, tooth enamel.

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Substances in cocoa may help prevent enamel erosion, dental decay, and inflammation.

Dairy? Yes, please. Milk and cheese help neutralize acids in the mouth by increasing saliva flow. The calcium and phosphorus in dairy foods also protect against enamel erosion and may strengthen minerals in teeth that keep them strong and healthy.

Omega-3 fatty acids to the rescue. Found in fish oil, fish, and flax seed, omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation and enhance your body’s immune system. This powerful punch may provide protection against gum disease.

Protect Your Smile

Add some of these smile-protecting foods to your diet and take a proactive step toward improving your oral health. To learn more, call Black Mountain Dental to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ghim. We’ll help you make the most of your smile!