Any time you talk about braces, the conversation always seems to steer toward all the foods you can’t have — hard candy, taffy, ice, corn on the cob, popcorn, and chips…the list goes on. We thought we’d take a break from foods that can hurt your teeth while you have braces and talk about foods that are good for your teeth and can be enjoyed while wearing braces!

Foods That Make Your Teeth Stronger

Did you know that there are foods you can eat that will strengthen your teeth while they’re being straightened? We’re excited about this, too! Check out our basic list below.

Leafy Greens

This one probably isn’t a shocker; kale and spinach generally show up in any type of healthy foods list. However, leafy greens are especially effective when it comes to oral health because they’re high in calcium, which is a key ingredient in your teeth’s enamel. Spinach and kale also contain folic acid, a B vitamin that can help prevent gum disease in pregnant women. You can incorporate baby spinach in smoothies or salads to enjoy its benefits.

Cheese

Studies have shown that cheese boosts the pH in the mouth and therefore lowers the risk of tooth decay. It also is a great source of protein and calcium, which is great for your tooth enamel.

Almond Butter

You shouldn’t be crunching on almonds when you have braces, but you can enjoy the protein and calcium they contain by enjoying almond better. Almonds are especially good sources of protein and calcium because they are low in sugar.

Yogurt

In addition to protein and calcium, yogurt contains helpful bacteria called probiotics. These bacteria can crowd out the harmful bacteria that can cause cavities. You just need to make sure you choose plain yogurt that is free of sugar.

Strawberries

These delightful fruits are full of vitamin C, malic acid, and antioxidants. Vitamin C and antioxidants help prevent inflammation and strengthen your immune system. Malic acid can actually whiten your teeth naturally. So don’t hesitate to dig in!

Invest in Your Teeth With Us in Augusta and Thompson

At Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics, we do what we do to make life better for our patients. By straightening their teeth, we improve their dental health and ensure they’ll chew comfortably for years to come. We believe that it’s possible to enjoy life to the fullest when you have braces, and we are always here to encourage our clients to thrive. Contact us for orthodontic treatment today.