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Our oral health, just like our general health, starts with what we put inside our bodies! There are many delicious foods that will help keep your smile shining brightly through these hot summer days.

Cheese: That delicious slab of cheddar cheese on top of that juicy burger may be just the ticket to great oral health! Calcium is a vital nutrient for tooth strength, and cheese is chock full of it. Lean meats also help oral health by providing phosphorous and protein. Both are low in sugar, which is excellent to maintain a healthy smile.

Dark Leafy Greens: Dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach provide lots of calcium, which strengthens teeth. Try them in a salad with fresh berries, grilled chicken or tofu, and some nuts for a nice crunch. All of these add up to a mouth-healthy, scrumptious lunch!

Water: Water is a necessity of life. Don’t forget to pack a water bottle for your fun in the sun! Try infusing it with fruits, vegetables, and herbs for extra nutrition and flavor. Try watermelon and mint, for example, or blueberry-cucumber! Try to avoid lots of citruses, as the prolonged acid exposure can be bad for your teeth.

Fruit: Fruit can be a fantastic addition to your summer diet! Fruit has fiber, which helps balance out the sugars it contains. Crunchy fruit, such as apples or pears, can be extra-beneficial, as they scrape the food particles away from your teeth. They also have a high water content to flush out the debris from inside your mouth.

Remember to brush your teeth 30 minutes after eating to help maintain a sparkling smile. For these and other mouth-healthy diet tips, contact our team at Open Door Family Dentistry. And don’t forget to schedule your seasonal check-up! Call 541-773-4073 to set an appointment today!