Five Fall Foods for a Healthy Smile

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While fall is full of sweet and sugary treats we all like to indulge in, there are also some seasonal foods that are not only tasty but also good for your teeth! For a happy smile this autumn, check out these five fall foods that will help keep your teeth and gums healthy as you enjoy the season.

1. Apples

No matter the type, apples supply numerous health benefits- even for teeth! While apples do contain high amounts of natural sugar, this fruit does a great job of preventing tooth decay. When eating apples, the chewing aspect helps gently scrub the teeth’s surfaces, removing plaque along the way. This also promotes saliva production, helping your body naturally fight off cavities with bacteria-neutralizing agents.

2. Nuts

Almonds, Brazil nuts and cashews, in particular, are especially beneficial in keeping your teeth in tip-top shape. These all are packed with important nutrients that contribute to good oral health including Vitamin D and calcium. These help keep your enamel strong.

3. Cranberries 

This Thanksgiving staple is a superfood that is brimming with nutrients that can help protect your teeth including polyphenols. This helps keep plaque from sticking to teeth, thus lowering the risk of cavities.

Pro tip: For Thanksgiving, skip the canned cranberry sauce. Find a recipe that uses fresh cranberries so that you can control the amount of sugar that is being used.

4. Cheese

Charcuterie boards are popular appetizer options at holiday parties and are overflowing with cheese options. For cheese lovers, your stomach and your teeth will thank you with this snack option. Cheese contains a protein called casein which helps fight cavities, and it contains calcium to remineralize the enamel on your teeth! 

5. Pumpkin

Luckily, pumpkin is equally tasty and nutritious. Filled with zinc, magnesium and vitamins A and C, this fall favorite helps prevent tooth decay, weak bones, and bleeding gums. These nutrients also harden your teeth’s enamel and promote healing. 

Remember not to neglect your oral health this time of year. Incorporate these healthy fall favorites into your diet to help maintain healthy teeth and gums! If you’re in need of a dental cleaning, schedule your appointment with the Beall Dental Center team!

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