Published on Wednesday 22 June 2016  
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5 foods to keep your smile strong

What you eat directly impacts your smile and we are committed to helping you keep your teeth strong…

As the old saying goes, you are what you eat – and what you eat certainly has the potential to make or break your oral health. To maintain your oral health and, in turn, your overall health, it is important to maintain a healthy diet that is high in calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals.

A healthy smile has been rated one of the most influential and important aspects of shaping a good first impression, so ensuring your teeth are strong and healthy from the start can help to form strong foundations for a good relationship later on! 

1. Apples help clean…

The apple (with its skin on) is a natural tooth cleaner and helps to stimulate your periodontal tissue (gums) as well as increasing saliva flow, which is imperative for keeping your mouth free of bacteria. Not only this, apples are full of vitamins and minerals that are essential to keeping your mouth and body healthy.

2. Water is a natural cleanser…

Water is the foundation of life, and our cells are made of up to 70% water – so it makes sense that we need water to help replenish our cells and keep ourselves hydrated. An important benefit of drinking water regularly is the effect it has on your mouth. By ingesting water you are effectively helping to clean your mouth by clearing it of toxins and bacteria that can cause tooth decay, keeping your gums hydrated and also washing away any leftover food debris that are stuck between and around the teeth.

3. Fight oral bacteria with a stick of celery…

Celery has a wide array of benefits to your oral health. By chewing celery, you are able to produce more saliva in the mouth, which is important for keeping plaque and decay at bay. Like the apple, celery helps to naturally clean your teeth, so get chomping!

4. Chew sugar-free gum…

Sugar-free gums are fantastic for removing excess food debris from between teeth after a meal, and by being sugar-free; there are no dangers of hindering your oral health. Chewing gum also helps to exercise your mouth, which can make your jaw stronger.

5. Dairy products help keep teeth strong…

Dairy products such as cheese and milk are fantastic for keeping your teeth and tooth enamel healthy and strong. Cheese contains casein, and this helps to strengthen your teeth as well as fortify them against tooth decay!

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