Dr. Steven Rosenberg and his associates in their Plantation family dentist’s office want you to have healthy teeth, but they only see you for few minutes during the year.

And while having healthy teeth means you visit your dentist regularly for oral health care and maintenance, the overall health of your mouth and teeth depends very much on your habits out of the dental chair.

Part of taking care of your teeth means eating healthy foods that protect your teeth and make them strong. While we all know that sugar is the main “food enemy” of healthy teeth, we may not know which foods we should eat that are good for our teeth.

Redbook magazine recommends three ways you can use food to improve your oral health:

  1. Eat red peppers to improve the health of your gums

Red bell peppers are full of vitamin C, which helps produce collagen. Collagen is a structural protein that helps the gums stay tight around the teeth. Low vitamin C intake is associated with gum disease, according to research.

Broccoli, kiwifruit, oranges and peaches are also good for gums.

2) Use celery or other vegetables to scrub away plaque

When you don’t have the time to brush your teeth, eat celery, a vegetable with a fibrous, abrasive texture that scrapes away plaque and bits of food stuck in your teeth. Chewing also increases the production of cleansing saliva in your mouth.

Apples, carrots, cucumber and radishes are also good scrubbers.

3) Protect your teeth with cheddar cheese

Cheddar cheese is a good source of calcium, phosphorus, and casein protein which help strengthen tooth enamel and neutralize acidity that erodes tooth enamel. Almonds, milk, tofu and yogurt are also good for your tooth enamel.

Do your teeth a favor and think about what you’re putting in your mouth. And make sure you visit the Plantation area office of Dr. Steven Rosenberg and his associates at least twice a year.

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