Your Waterdown dentist, Cranberry Hill Dentistry, cares about your teeth. We want to make sure they last you a lifetime, with regular brushing, flossing and routine professional checkups and cleanings.
We all know that sugary foods like candy, sugary soda pop and juices can be bad for your teeth. Even without added sugars, beverages like coffee, tea and wine can stain your teeth if you drink them frequently. In a recent blog, we also discussed foods that are good for your overall health.
Now that it’s fall, our traditional harvest season, what foods can you enjoy that is good for your teeth? The great news? There are lots of them!
Enjoy the Fruits of the Harvest Season… Apples, Pears, and Cranberries
Fresh fruits and vegetables that pack a crunch and are filled with vitamins are great for your oral health…and overall health.
When you think of fall, you might immediately think of one of our favourite fall fruits – apples!
In Waterdown, apples are all around us, with our abundance of orchards and pick your own fruit farms. Biting into a crispy, juicy fresh apple is not only delicious, it’s terrific for your overall oral health. Eating crunchy foods like apples increases saliva in your mouth, which helps clean your teeth and wash away sugar.
In addition, apples contain an abundance of Vitamin C, a natural antioxidant which can help strengthen and protect your gums.
Although apples seem to grab the spotlight in the fall, pears are another delicious fall fruit with just as many benefits. Pears have the crunch factor of apples, plus the Vitamin C and antioxidant perks as well!
Fresh cranberries – the tart treat that’s great for your teeth! You need to be a bit careful consuming them, though, as dried cranberries and cranberry juice can be filled with sugar. But if you eat fresh cranberries, drink 100% juice (no sugar added), or mull it with some spices, cranberries can be a zesty addition to your fall feast.
Another fall favourite, sweet potatoes are full of fibre and vitamins that promote great oral and overall health.
Sweet potatoes are a “superfood”. They’re loaded with Vitamin A, an antioxidant that also helps increase saliva production. According to the USDA, one large sweet potato can provide a whopping 34,600 IU of Vitamin A – that’s more than 10 x the daily recommended allowance!
Pumpkins and Squash
Pumpkins aren’t just for carving up for Halloween! Pumpkins, and their cousin squash, are chock full of vitamins and minerals that help protect your oral health. They’re also high in fibre, which is great for your gut…and your teeth!
- Pumpkins are rich in zinc, which can help strengthen tooth enamel. Zinc can also help prevent common gum diseases like gingivitis.
- Pumpkins are also rich in Vitamin A.
- Pumpkins and squash both contain high levels of Vitamin C.
Roast up those Pumpkin Seeds!
If you do carve up that pumpkin, be sure to save and roast the seeds. Like many nuts, pumpkin seeds are rich in fibre, phosphorus, protein, calcium, and iron.
Phosphorus and calcium help keep your teeth strong and iron helps keep your tongue healthy.
Ready for a Fall Feast?
If you’re like us, just reading this list made you hungry for the many fall foods that are good for you and great for your teeth! At Cranberry Hill Dentistry, your Waterdown dentist, we know it’s important to keep a balanced diet, including foods you love. It’s easy to find these great fall foods at grocery stores and farmers markets at this time of year
Eat well and Visit Cranberry Hill Dentistry, your Waterdown dentist for regular cleanings and checkups
Good oral health can be maintained through the foods you eat, brushing and flossing your teeth and attending regular dental cleanings and check-ups with a dentist. We also offer cosmetic dental services like teeth whitening, tooth extraction, crown and bridge procedures, dental implants and more.
Contact us at our Waterdown dental office by calling 905-689-9551 or filling out the form below.