We know that our food choices have an effect on pretty much everything; our hair, skin, sleep and even our mood. But did you know that our diet has an impact on our smile, too? The following foods have shown to improve your smile:
Milk: Because milk is rich in calcium, it helps to keep your teeth and jawbones healthy and vitamin D helps your body to absorb it. Are you trying to avoid dairy? Try almond milk, rice milk, and soy milk which are all fortified with the same amount of calcium and vitamin D as regular milk.
Wild salmon: This healthy fish is naturally rich in vitamin D. Try it on the grill, broiled or baked.
Broccoli: This vegetable is a great source of nondairy calcium, plus it has vitamin C, which has been proven to help prevent gum disease and gingivitis.
Bell peppers: All colors — green, yellow, orange, red — are packed with vitamin C. When you eat them raw, they’re like nature’s toothbrush. They stimulate your teeth, massage your gums and help dislodge debris before bacteria can take hold.
Unsweetened green tea: Drinking a cup of unsweetened green tea after a meal can help in removing food stuck in your teeth plus the tea’s antioxidants may help reduce the risk of periodontal disease.
What should you avoid? Avoid sugary beverages like soda, white starchy foods like bagels and pretzels, and dried fruit which can get stuck in your teeth and cause decay. If you do indulge in them, drink a glass of water or chew on a piece of sugarless gum to rid your mouth of debris until you can floss and brush.