Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 8: Strawberries
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A balanced diet is nearly as important to your smile health as good dental hygiene. The right foods can help strengthen your teeth and nourish your gums to make them more resilient against dental disease. Strawberries are one of these smile-healthy foods. They are safe to eat regardless of whether you are wearing braces or Invisalign, so you will not need to worry about damaging your brackets with this delicious treat. Our orthodontist may recommend eating strawberries and other fruits and vegetables several times a day to ensure you get all the nutrients you need.
The Benefits of Strawberries
According to a review that was printed in the “Journal of Dentistry,” strawberries are one of the best sources of polyphenols. They offer several benefits for your teeth, including:
- Vitamin C, which contributes to gum and connective tissue health and supports healthy immune function
- Fibrous seeds, which can help scrub plaque and other debris from teeth
- Juice, which stimulates saliva flow to dilute oral acids and rinse away debris
- Potassium, which is needed for remineralizing teeth
- Malic acid, which can help erase superficial stains
- Folate, which combats gum disease and canker sores
Because strawberries are acidic, you may want to pair them with foods that can counteract that acidity to reduce the risk of enamel erosion. Cheese, nuts and bananas are all great choices. Remove your Invisalign aligners before eating strawberries. When you are done, rinse your mouth thoroughly before brushing and flossing. If you are wearing braces, carefully brush and floss around each bracket to ensure you have removed all traces of plaque. With the right diet and dental hygiene routine, you can be confident that your next orthodontist visit will be a great one with a clean bill of dental health.
Fix Your Smile Today
Contact Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics today to set up your consultation. There’s no reason to put off a visit to our helpful team of professionals. It is our goal to help you make the most of your smile.
When your teeth are aligned properly and your jaw is flowing smoothly, you will find more reasons to flash those pearly whites every day. Let Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics be your partner in good oral hygiene.
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