Fall Foods That are Great For Your Teeth
General Dentistry Tips Palo Alto
The holidays are filled with lots of laughter over shared meals with the people you love and with so much to be thankful for this time of year, your oral health should one of them! Here are some delicious fall indulgences that both your mouth and your Palo Alto dentists Dr. Jurash and Dr. Hansen will thank you for!
Know Your Seasonal Fruits
Fall produces some delicious seasonal fruits, like pears, persimmons and apples, to name just a few. These fruits are high in fiber, and their crispy, crunchy bite help naturally clean plaque from teeth while they’re being chewed. These raw treats are packed full of healthy vitamins which makes them a great source of nutrients for teeth and gums, so adding fresh fruits to your slice of pie can allow you to indulge a little while keeping your oral health a priority. These fruits are naturally sweet, so consider introducing them as an alternative to more sugar-filled or processed and packaged dessert options.
Pumpkin Is The Season’s Healthiest Craze
As trendy as pumpkin-spiced-everything is this time of year, Palo Alto dentists Dr. Jurash and Dr. Hansen recommend avoiding the artificial flavors and indulging in the real deal. Pumpkin is a nutritionally rich seasonal superfood, packed with oral health benefits. This veggie is filled with mouth-friendly nutrients like iron, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc. The versatility of pumpkin makes it a great addition to both sweet and savory recipes while boosting the nutritional value of the meal.
Choose Nuts and Seeds This Harvest Season
This time of year offers a large variety of nuts and seeds to snack on. Crunchy snacks like this are great for oral health because they natural scrub your teeth and tongue of any plaque and debris. Roasting Pumpkin seeds is a seasonal tradition and a great way to get essential vitamins and nutrients, like calcium and iron, that help your teeth stay strong.
Now that you know the benefits of some seasonal foods, you can feel even better about indulging this fall and through the upcoming holidays. By choosing whole foods and avoiding processed and sugar-filled options, your overall health and smile will shine!
If you have questions about how to incorporate better food choices that will help maintain good oral health, or to schedule your next appointment with Palo Alto dentists Dr. Jurash and Dr. Hansen, call 650-326-3290 today!