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Your Manhattan Dentist Suggests Foods to Healthy Teeth

May 29, 2017

You are what you eat—that’s pretty common knowledge. But did you also know that your teeth are what you eat, too? That’s right. Your diet has a lot to do with the condition and health of your pearly whites. Some foods help you have healthier and stronger teeth, while other foods—well, not so much. Your dentist in Manhattan at New York Family Dental Arts has some tips for what you can eat to maintain your smile. Read on to find out what Drs. Vaiman and Kessler recommend.

Cheese. In a report published in the journal General Dentistry, researchers found that teenagers who ate cheddar cheese had a much lower level of acid in their mouth. Apparently, cheese neutralizes plaque acid even more than milk or yogurt. So, the next time your teenagers ask to have pizza for dinner, join the party!

Crunchy foods. Fresh, crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots, broccoli and cucumbers help to scrub your teeth clean and healthy. As you chew these foods, plaque and bacteria on your teeth get cleared away rather than remaining in place where they can lead to decay or gum disease.

Cranberries. These tart little berries contain polyphenols, which slow the growth of bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease. Moreover, polyphenols may prevent plaque from sticking to teeth, thus lowering the risk of cavities, as well. A word of caution, however: Because cranberries are so tart, cranberry juice and jellies usually have added sugar. So, while the polyphenols may be beneficial, be sure to enjoy these products in moderation.

Calcium-rich foods. Just like your bones, teeth need calcium to stay strong and solid. Cheese, milk, almonds and leafy greens are all excellent sources of calcium. Similarly, foods such as eggs, fish and meat are high in phosphorous, which also helps to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

Water. Be sure to stay hydrated. When you drink water, you rinse away plaque, bacteria and food debris. In addition, a glass of water increases saliva production in your mouth, which also clears away bacteria.


In addition to the foods you eat, having regular dental cleanings and exams with your general dentist on the Upper East is another important step you can take to ensure healthy teeth. If you’re due for a checkup, please call New York Family Dental Arts to schedule your next appointment.

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