Say “Cheese!” (and other foods that are good for your smile)


Woman Drinking WaterBetween checkups and dental cleanings at Bast Dental Clinic in Fairbanks AK, it’s up to you to keep your smile healthy. Twice-daily brushing and daily flossing are essential to deter dental disease and tooth decay. Optimally, you’re also brushing after you snack, too.

While these activities should become a regular part of your oral healthcare regimen, what else can you do to maintain a healthy mouth? Fairbanks AK dentists Dr. Fred Bast and Dr. John Bast offer tips on foods that are good choices for a great smile.

The Food/Smile Connection

You may think that the foods you eat only affect your body. But your smile is part of your body, too; and it’s impacted by what you consume. Too many starchy and sugary foods and drinks can increase your risk of dental problems, such as cavities and gum disease.

In contrast, the following foods can actually help your smile:

Chocolate: Chocolate lovers rejoice! Studies show that substances in cocoa may guard against enamel erosion and reduce inflammation.

Citrus: Oranges and other citrus fruits increase the flow of saliva, which helps wash away bacteria that can harm teeth.

Dairy products: Cheese and milk are great for your smile. Their high levels of calcium, phosphorous, and protein protect teeth and have been shown to neutralize acids that can damage tooth enamel.

Fish: You’ve heard that fish is “brain food,” but it might be considered “smile food,” as well. That’s because the omega-3 fatting acids in fish reduce inflammation, which is a key component of gum disease. Anything that reduces the body’s inflammatory response is a boon for your smile.

Sugar-free gum: In addition to increasing saliva flow, chewing gum can satisfy your sweet tooth and prevent you from eating something that might not be so good for your smile (or your body).

Water: Staying hydrated is good for your smile and your overall health. Water helps wash away bad bacteria and prevent damage to teeth and gums.

Learn More

To find out how to keep your smile in tip-top shape, call Bast Dental Clinic to schedule an appointment with a Fairbanks AK dentist.