Fall Foods for Tooth Health

Sadly, Labor Day is just weeks away and back-to-school season is around the corner. While we are sad to see summer go, we are definitely looking forward to the wonderful flavors of fall. (Pumpkin spice, we are talking to you!!) Here are some of the best fall foods to eat for healthy teeth.

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  • Apples: We have all heard the saying “an apple away keeps the doctor away.” This fruit is a fall staple (although available year round!) Apples are wonderful additions to salads, or simple eaten plain.

    How do they help your smile? Apples can be like a toothbrush, brushing away particles and bacteria.

  • Squash: There are many different types of squash, including pumpkins and spaghetti squash and butternut squash. These are a healthy addition to any diet. Roasted, pureed, added to a sauce or casserole, baked goods.. the options are endless. Low in calories, high in fiber and with vitamins A & C, this should be on your meal prep list all fall long!
  • Pears: This fruit is terrific for your teeth! According to a study the acidity of plaque lowers after eating pear. They also have a high water content which helps dilute the sugar.

    The foods above are some of the best for keeping your smile and teeth healthy. Here are a few to limit or avoid this fall.

  • Halloween candy: Halloween candy is already out in many stores. Resist the urge to snack on these sugary treats. While ok in moderation, many of the sticky sweets will create lots of plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Enjoy once in awhile and brush your teeth after eating any candy.
  • Pumpkin spice lattes: While we love a good latte, pumpkin-flavored drinks can wreak havoc on your teeth. The acid found in coffee, dark coloring, and high amount of sugar can stain and leave them vulnerable to decay.

    We know that many people enjoy these specialty drinks during fall. Take the precautions to prevent tooth decay by brushing and flossing regular and avoiding them in moderation.