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Fun Fall Foods for Healthy Teeth

Sep 23, 2013

“Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Bryant, American poet & journalist

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It’s a bit early for trees to start wowing us with autumn splendor, but daytime temperatures are dropping, the days are getting shorter and weekends are busy with fall festivals and football.  The advent of autumn ushers in a refreshing new line-up of food cravings and appetites.

Happily, there are delicious fall foods that are as good for our teeth as they are pleasant for our taste buds.  The first food that comes to almost everyone’s minds are:

Apples The high water content in apples is good for your teeth because it stimulates saliva production. Saliva washes down food particles and helps dilute other food sugars. The crunch in apples also protects teeth against dental plaque and dislodges food fragments between teeth.  Even apple skins are good because they contain a crystalline pigment called quercetin that lowers the risk of heart attacks and cancer.

Pumpkin Pie A half cup of pumpkin pie can recharge a body and is good for teeth because it contains vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber and iron. Iron deficiency, or anemia, can lead to tooth decay. Eating foods high in carotenoids like pumpkin and squash is also believed to help lower the risk of some cancers, according to the National Institute of Health.  The pie crust in pumpkin pie – not so much because it’s high in fat and cholesterol.

Fish Fish is high in polyunsaturated fat and is believed to help fight against gum disease and may even delay or prevent age-related macular degeneration, or blurred vision. A healthy diet of fresh fish is also believed to improve circulation and reduce the risk of heart attacks.

Raw Dairy Raw milk, cheese, butter and yogurt are high in calcium. Calcium not only helps maintain healthy teeth and bones, but milk can also help fight tooth cavities and gum disease.

Bone Broth Mankind has been eating bone broth since caveman days. If that doesn’t convince you of its health benefits, most of us can remember our grandmas talking about it. Made from chicken or beef bones and brimming with veggies, herbs and sumptuous spices, bone broth is high in tooth healthy nutrients like calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. It also helps fight against colds and flu, is good for healthy bone maintenance and fights inflammation.

Green Tea Rich in antioxidants, the natural catechins found in green tea help reduce dental plaque and counter harmful oral bacterial.  Green tea is also well known for fighting cell damage, maintaining brain health, heart health, weight loss and combatting stress.

But doesn’t green tea stain your teeth? Chewing sugarless gum containing xylitol can help. Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in fruits, vegetables and even trees. Chewing gum with xylitol after each meal can kill harmful bacteria and reduce tooth decay.

A healthy diet and regular dental visits made easy with a Dental Insurance Store plan will keep your smile as radiant as a sun-drenched October sky!

Sources:, WebMD,

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