As dentists, we tend to look very carefully at how our patients care for their gums regarding their activities like chewing, brushing, flossing and rinsing. Our biggest goal is for patients to have healthy teeth and gums, and sometimes we spend so much time talking about what people do with their mouths that we don’t provide enough counsel about what they put in their mouths. For this blog, Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins at Collins Dental & Aesthetic have decided to share some foods that can help you have a happy mouth.
One of the keys to keeping a healthy mouth is keeping your gums free of inflammation. Nutritionists and herbalists tout a number of foods that have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation in the mouth and throughout the entire body. Some examples of anti-inflammatory foods include coconut oil, ginger, spinach, kale, tuna, walnuts, cherries, and olive oil. Sounds like great ingredients for a salad!
Detergent foods are foods that help scrub plaque bacteria away from your teeth and gums while you chew. Examples include hard cheeses, apples, carrots and celery sticks.
Foods that fortify your teeth and reduce acid
Not only do milk and cheese contain calcium that helps strengthen and protect your teeth and bones. They also contain a protein called casein that has been found by researchers to help neutralize acids in the mouth. So as you enjoy your fruit salad, chase it with a glass of milk to prevent acid erosion from oranges, pineapples and other acidic but tasty treats.
The perfect smile requires a combination of keeping your mouth clean and eating right. To schedule a professional cleaning, call our office at 509-368-7788.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788