The saying “You are what you eat” applies to your teeth as well as your body.

Here are some basic foods and suggestions to get you on track with a teeth-friendly diet in 2015:

Calcium For Teeth Health Calcium is important for a healthy mouth. The mineral in it, hydroxyapatite, strengthens tooth enamel and bones. Milk and other dairy products are the primary dietary source of calcium, so be sure they’re a regular part of your diet. In addition, cheese contains a type of protein called casein, which plays an important role in stabilizing and repairing tooth enamel.

High-fiber foods such as vegetables that are leafy and beans not only Leafy Teeth Healthy Foods promote healthy cholesterol levels and good digestion, they also do wonders for your teeth—mostly because they require a lot of chewing. The chewing generates saliva, which, next to good home dental care, is the best natural defense against cavities.

Lean red meats, from ground beef to steak, contain the important mineral iron. A deficiency in iron can lead to sores on the inside of your mouth and an inflamed tongue. Other good sources of iron are nuts and cereals.

Teeth Friendly Foods The niacin (vitamin B3) in chicken and fish can help counteract bad breath and mouth sores.

Strawberries contain malic acid, a natural enamel whitener.

Sugarless chewing gum is another great saliva generator that removes food particles from the mouth and helps neutralize the acids and enzymes attacking teeth.

Water promotes saliva production and washes away acids that can erode tooth enamel.

Be sure to make Dr. Gary Feucht and our staff at Plymouth Dentistry part of your resolution for a healthier mouth in the new year. Give our office a call to schedule your twice yearly dental hygiene appointments.