Every day our patients in Pleasanton, CA are constantly bombarded with ads that promote sugary, salty, or carbohydrate heavy foods. While most folks do keep these in moderation for the sake of their health, little attention is often paid to finding healthy food for your teeth. In fact, there are some foods out there that may come as a surprise in terms of what they can do for your teeth. Some of these foods are also right in your backyard, at your local farmers’ market.
The Pleasanton Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday, year round, offering fresh produce and local harvest for all visitors. Take the family for a fun day of seasonal foods, activities and more, right here in our beautiful town of Pleasanton CA.
What’s more is that vendors and organizers also offer cooking demonstrations both online on their Facebook page and in person. You not only have access to some great local cooking advice, but also have access to food that will make your teeth sing.
Here we’ve compiled the top five foods for health teeth, and why they should make their way to your dinner table soon.
Water – While it may seem obvious, water is the principal supplier for your saliva which is essential for washing away bacteria and leftover food particles. With a good amount of water, comes a reduction in risk for dry mouth or cavities. If your family is less enthusiastic about constantly drinking water, try making pitchers of fruit-infused water, such as strawberries, raspberries, light lemon, orange and more. It will also be a nice break from harmful sodas and citrus juices.
Tea – While we generally advise against copious amounts of coffee or wine due to the stains they could leave on your teeth, surprisingly tea is the opposite. One study from the University of Illinois in Chicago found that test subjects who drank black tea were found to have less plaque than those who only drank water.
Raisins – Raisins have natural sweetness without the risks of harmful added sugars, and are a source of phytochemicals that can fight off cavities and bacteria. It’s a perfect alternative snack to crackers or chips.
Vitamin-Rich Food – When we say vitamin-rich foods, it’s actually quite a wide range. The best vitamins for your teeth are vitamin A, C, D and phosphorous, and these can easily be found in beef, chicken, fish, beans, eggs, and green, leafy vegetables. Check out the Pleasanton Farmers’ Market for fresh options of these foods.
Dairy – Cheeses and other dairy products are superb sources of calcium and vitamin D, which strengthens teeth. Another study also theorized that chewing hard cheeses could also reduce plaque acid.
Despite our best abilities to keep our teeth, sometimes accidents happen. You slack in your oral care and cavities emerge; you play contact sports and lose a tooth when a ball hits your mouth; regardless of how it happened, let us help you fix that. At Pleasanton Prosthodontics we offer quality dental implants as an ideal tooth replacement option.
Dental implants have a host of hidden benefits, from healing your weakened jawbone to offering a strength to tackle any food, even the choices from the farmers’ market. This is due to the process of osseointegration, and is the reason that dental implants have gained popularity. If you’ve lost a tooth, let us help you revitalize your smile. Contact us today to find out more about dental implants and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chao.
Dr. Maggie Chao
1475 Cedarwood Lane Suite C
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Monday: 9AM – 4:30PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 4:30PM
Friday: 9AM – 4:30PM