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Most people are pretty savvy when it comes to knowing what heart-healthy food is, but smile-friendly food is not as widely known. At our dental practice, Dr. George Strickland in Venice, Florida, want to share some healthy food tips to help you and your loved ones make healthy food choices while celebrating the holidays.

Smile-Friendly Fare

–Researchers at the University of Illinois discovered that polyphenols, which are compounds found in both black and green teas, slow down bacterial growth that can cause cavities and gum disease. These teas are also good for fighting bad breath.

–Chewing cheddar cheese lowers acid levels in the mouth and stimulates saliva production, both of which promote good oral health. Cheese also has calcium and protein which aids tooth enamel.

–Crunchy foods like apples, raw carrots, and celery can help clean plaque off of your pearly whites. They also contain fiber, which stimulates both the gums and saliva production which help wash away plaque.

–If you want to build tooth enamel, in addition to cheese, eat plenty of leafy greens such as spinach and kale, and almonds, which contain calcium. And meat, eggs, and fish supply the body with phosphorous, which also helps tooth enamel.

–If you have eaten and can’t brush your teeth, chewing sugarless gum helps remove bacteria in the mouth, which prevents plaque from building up on your teeth.

–Drinking milk after consuming sugary foods can help neutralize the acid created by bacteria which forms into plaque.

As you can see, you can enjoy the holiday fare and also care for your smile. If you need to reach us for any questions or concerns, please call 941-451-7059.

From our table to yours, Dr. George Strickland and the rest of our team in Venice, Florida, wish you and your loved ones a healthy, happy, smile-friendly Thanksgiving!