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Everyone knows that brushing, flossing, and regular trips to the dentist are essential to your dental health, but did you know that eating the right foods can help give you a healthier smile, too? It's not just about avoiding sugars, either. Like the rest of your body, your teeth can benefit from a nutritious diet high in fruits, raw vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

Among vegetables, broccoli, celery, onions, parsley, mushrooms, and tomatoes are particularly effective at building strong, healthy teeth. Chewing celery produces saliva, which is great for killing bacteria, and the celery itself can actually massage the gums and clean between the teeth as you eat it. Vegetables are also chock full of the building blocks to brighter, healthier smiles. Cucumbers and tomatoes, for example, are rich in antioxidants. Mushrooms can help prevent plaque build up with lentinan and vitamins. And broccoli is an excellent source of fiber. You can even do your teeth right by eating sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or sesame seeds, all of which can scrape off plaque and strengthen tooth enamel.

Other tooth friendly foods include cheese, bread, baked tortilla chips, low fat milk, and poultry. In some cases, even meals like pizza or tacos can be surprisingly beneficial for your teeth, since they combine multiple food groups that are great for maintaining a winning smile.

Naturally, you want to stay away from too much sugar, but sometimes it can be hard to avoid. Soda is never good for your teeth, as even diet soft drinks contain high levels of phosphoric and citric acid, which will cause tooth decay. However, if you have to drink a soft drink, your best choice is root beer, which does not contain harmful acids like caffeine based sodas do. One of the best beverages for healthy teeth, meanwhile, is green tea, which can actually kill plaque-causing bacteria as you drink it. Of course, caffeine can cause staining, too, so always be sure to brush and rinse regularly, no matter what you're eating or drinking.

Remember, eating right isn't just great for a healthy body. It can provide you with a healthy smile, as well! To find out about more ways to achieve a truly electrifying smile, check out the consumer resources at www.HealthySmileForum.com. You can also click here to contact us.



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