About 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex, but oral health is fundamentally important regardless of attraction. And as we all know, diet can play a major role in overall oral health. With the crisp fall season quickly approaching, it won't be long before we incorporate some festive fall favorites into our diet. But which fall foods are healthiest for your mouth? You may be surprised. Here's a quick guide to help you choose the right fall foods all season long.
No holiday party is complete without a tasteful cheese spread, and fortunately, your mouth can actually benefit from the protein found in cheese, called casein. Dairy products, in general, are great for improving bone health, so don't hold back on milk or yogurt, either.
"For good oral health, there’s no need to avoid the cheese plate at your next holiday party. Cheese contains casein, a protein with protective properties that helps fight cavities. It also contains calcium and phosphorus, which promote teeth re-mineralization, a naturally occurring process that helps prevent cavities," writes Everyday Health.
Hold Back: Dried Fruits
Dried fruits are a fall favorite, but they, unfortunately, don't have the same health benefits as their fresh counterparts. Dried fruits like apricots and raisins are okay in moderation, but they tend to stick to your teeth and cause enamel erosion. But there's a unique way to prevent this: just enjoy your dried fruits with nuts and create trail mix. The nuts will help to scrape the residue off your teeth.
That's right -- research shows that everyone's favorite fall treat actually has oral health benefits. Pumpkin has Vitamin A, which promoted gum health and boosts enamel strength. This means you don't need to feel guilty indulging in a slice of pumpkin pie this season. Just don't forget to brush afterward! Since pumpkin is a soft food, it's also acceptable as a treat for those going through wisdom tooth extraction aftercare.
Ultimately, it's up to you to keep up your dentist visits and oral hygiene this fall, but it's important to find the right balance and enjoy the right foods in moderation this season. For more information about wisdom tooth extraction aftercare, contact Dental Arts.