With the smell of apples, cinnamon and crisp leaves in the air, it is time to begin eating those scrumptious fall foods. But the question is, which of those wonderful, appetizing foods and ingredients are the best for your teeth? Check out our list below to see which foods you should consume!
It’s apple picking time in the fall! And the great thing about apples is that they are fabulous for your teeth. Not only do they scrub food particles away from your teeth while you’re chewing them, but they also are rich in fiber and calcium. But it’s best to stick with fresh apples. The benefits of apples to your teeth and your overall health are negated by the added sugars and loss of the apple “crunch” in cooked treats like apple pies and turnovers.
It’s also pumpkin picking time in the fall, especially when the month of October arrives. Pumpkin is an easy food for your body to digest. As a common fall superfood, they have a variety of nutrients that help your teeth fight off cavities. Magnesium is one ingredient found in pumpkin that can improve the density of your teeth and help keep the heart working normally in addition to be
ing loaded with fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C
Berries and Grapes
Although berries and grapes aren’t necessarily tied to fall, these fruits can be eaten year around. Berries and grapes are sources of anthocyanins which may keep plaque from attaching to your teeth. Gum disease can be prevented by keeping plaque from building up around the gum-line.
Nuts have always been touted as a good source of protein, but what many people don’t know is that one of those amino acid containing proteins, arginine, may actually help keep plaque from continuing to form which reduces your overall risk of forming cavities. Nuts are high in fiber and good fats as well which have the added benefits of lowering cholesterol so they are always an excell
ent snack choice.
As the weather cools down, it’s the perfect time for tea. Even though tea has the capability to stain your teeth, there are some major benefits to drinking tea as well. Black and green teas contain polyphenols which can slow down bacteria growth. Green teas, commonly known for their antioxidants, contain catechin as well which can decrease inflammation in the gums this reducing the incident of periodontal disease.
As always, the best foods for your teeth will avoid added sugars. By adding some of these foods to your fall snack list you’ll enjoy the benefits of a healthier smile and a healthier body.