The Best Foods for Your Smile in Haworth

Carrot and a smileLast time we talked about how receiving tooth restoration treatment could help with depression. However, today dental implants Haworth, NJ provider Dr. Spector and the rest of his staff want to talk about something a little more fun.

As summer comes to a close and fall being right around the corner, now is the time when many plants are at their peak for harvesting. That being said, with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables at the ready, we have decided to dedicate this post to which of them are the best for your oral health.

Eat to Improve Oral Health

When it comes to your mouth, there are plenty of food that you can eat which will help to improve your oral health. Many people do not realize just how much the foods they eat on a day to day basis can affect their overall oral health in one way or another.

For instance, dairy products actually give your teeth a little boost due to the high level of calcium they contain. Calcium in known to promote strong teeth and bones. Drinking a glass of 2% milk each day could help strengthen not only your teeth, but your bones as well and what’s not to love about that?

However, most people are shocked by this next fact.

Fresh Fruits and Veggies Fight For Your Teeth

No, this isn’t a chance for us to lecture you on your eating habits. When we mention eating more fruits and veggies, we are doing so strictly with the health of your mouth 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 handling 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.

Where To Buy the Best Produce

Of course, you can buy any of the above-mentioned foods at your local grocery store. However, if you want to make shopping for them just a little more exciting you could stop by the Haworth Farmers Market. Here you can find all the freshest and most delicious produce of the season, along with a ton of other goodies.

Until next time readers, eat some veggies and keep smiling.