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Summer Foods That Help Keep Your Teeth Clean

Summer Foods That Help Keep Your Teeth CleanWe are in full swing for summer already and that means a couple things, chasing fireflies and eating a bunch of summer foods and sugary drinks.  How does one keep a healthy smile when all this deliciousness is out and about, ready to be eaten!

By all means, enjoy summer food and cook outs.  But we wanted to provide you with some foods that also help keep healthy strong teeth a part of your summer.

We recently came across this great article from Colgate about what foods can help with the overall health of your teeth.  The article can be found here: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/nutrition-and-oral-health/article/healthy-foods-list-seven-best-foods-for-your-teeth-0214

Our favorite food items from the article are:

Cheese

If you're one of the many people who profess a love of cheese, you now have another reason to enjoy this tasty food. A study published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the journal of the American Academy of General Dentistry, reported at EurekAlert! found that eating cheese raised the pH in the subjects' mouths and lowered their risk of tooth decay. It's thought that the chewing required to eat cheese increases saliva in the mouth. Cheese also contains calcium and protein, nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel.

Carrots

Like apples, carrots are crunchy and full of fiber. Eating a handful of raw carrots at the end of the meal increases saliva production in your mouth, which reduces your risk of cavities. Along with being high in fiber, carrots are a great source of vitamin A. Top a salad with a few slices of raw carrots, or enjoy some baby carrots on their own.

If you have any questions about brushing don't hesitate to give us a call at Little Rockies Pediatric Dentistry.  Our number is (720) 638-6114.  Find out more about Little Rockies on our About Us page and learn about pediatric dentistry services we provide on our services page.

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