Dental health

Leafy greens can help maintain dental health.

It’s clear that you don’t do your teeth and gums any favors with sugary foods. But just what foods are actually good for your dental health?

Colgate has come out with a pretty good list of foods that can help maintain dental health. Not surprisingly, several on that list coincide with foods that are just good for you, period.

Here’s a look at some of the foods you may want to add to your diet to boost dental health.

Leafy greens

The make just about every health list. But that’s because, as the old Popeye cartoons so clearly illustrated, leafy greens including spinach and kale are good for you.

According to the Colgate article, “They’re high in calcium, which builds your teeth’s enamel. They also contain folic acid, a type of B vitamin that has numerous health benefits, including possibly treating gum disease in pregnant women.”

Apples

Apples are the exception to the rule on keeping clear of sweet foods. That’s because some of their benefits outweigh their downside.

“Fruits, such as apples, might be sweet, but they’re also high in fiber and water. The action of eating an apple produces saliva in your mouth, which rinses away bacteria and food particles. The fibrous texture of the fruit also stimulates the gums,” according to Colgate.

Almonds

Almonds are another food that makes it to many good-for-you lists and this one’s no different.

“Almonds are great for your teeth because they are a good source of calcium and protein while being low in sugar. Enjoy a quarter cup of almonds with your lunch,” according to Colgate.

Water and Milk

According to WebMd, you want to be sure you’re getting the right kind of fluids.

“The best beverage choices include water (especially fluoridated water), milk, and unsweetened tea. Limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade, and coffee or tea with added sugar,” the site notes.

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