Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 8: Strawberries

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Everyone knows that regular brushing and flossing is essential for good oral hygiene, but many people overlook the power that a healthy diet can have for improving one’s smile. While sticky, sugary sweets can only lead to cavities, there are certain fruits and vegetables that actually contribute to better oral health. Strawberries are among the fruits often recommended to patients due to the following benefits they can have for teeth.

Whitening Effect

Tooth whitening is a popular treatment these days, but natural methods are recommended over chemical treatments for those who are undergoing treatment by an orthodontist. Fortunately, the same chemical that gives strawberries their tart, citrusy flavor can also have a mild whitening effect on teeth. This can reduce the possibility of developing surface stains from coffee and other dark-colored drinks.

Healthier Gums

Preventing gum disease should be a part of everyone’s oral hygiene strategy, yet flossing can only go so far to reduce inflammation. Strawberries contain vitamin C, which is essential for your immune system to be effective at fighting disease. By adding more strawberries to your diet, you can increase your body’s ability to heal minor gum injuries and fight back against bacteria.

Easy on Braces

Brackets and wires are delicate, and new patients are always educated about foods that they should avoid by their orthodontist. Those who have a penchant for sweet and sour candies often have to find an alternative solution to feed their cravings. Fortunately, strawberries provide a similar flavor while also being soft enough to eat with orthodontic appliances.

Strawberries are just one of the many fruits and vegetables that can benefit your oral health. To learn about others that can improve the health of your teeth, then contact Nalchajian Orthodontics today to schedule an appointment so we can help you stay on track with maintaining your perfect smile.

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