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This Thanksgiving, Dr. Bennett R. Shanker and our team in Bridgeton, New Jersey, want to encourage our patients to remember their smiles while celebrating the holidays. Knowing about heart healthy food is pretty common, but people don’t often realize that there are foods to help your teeth and gums as well. Here are six smile friendly foods to consider as you celebrate the holiday festivities:

— Chewing cheddar cheese lowers acid levels in the mouth and stimulates saliva production, both of which promote good oral health. Cheese also has calcium and protein which aids tooth enamel.

— Crunchy foods like apples, raw carrots, and celery can help clean plaque off of your pearly whites. They also contain fiber, which stimulates both the gums and saliva production which help wash away plaque.

— If you want to build tooth enamel, in addition to cheese, eat plenty of leafy greens such as spinach and kale, and almonds, which contain calcium. And meat, eggs, and fish supply the body with phosphorous, which also helps tooth enamel.

— If you have eaten and can’t brush your teeth, chewing sugarless gum helps remove bacteria in the mouth, which prevents plaque from building up on your teeth.

— Drinking milk after consuming sugary foods can help neutralize the acid created by bacteria which forms into plaque.

— Polyphenols, which are compounds found in both black and green teas, slow down bacterial growth that can cause cavities and gum disease. Drinking these teas are also good for fighting bad breath.

You can celebrate the holidays while taking the time to care for your healthy smile along the way. Include some smile-friendly food on your menu, step up your daily oral hygiene routine, and if you still haven’t had your bi-annual dental cleaning yet, we invite you to call 856-455-1183 today. Dr. Bennett R. Shanker and the rest of our team at Shanker Dental wish you and yours a healthy Thanksgiving!