Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 4: Bananas
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When it comes to caring for your teeth, it is important to think about what you eat. Everyone knows that too much candy leads to cavities, but it is also essential to understand that some of the best foods for your teeth like bananas are just as delicious as sweets.
Soft Texture Prevents Damage
When you get braces, your orthodontist will provide you with guidelines regarding avoiding hard or sticky foods. Those who miss sour candies and other forbidden foods can use kiwis to satisfy their cravings without worrying about damaging their braces.
Among our patients, one of the biggest concerns we hear is about having white teeth after their Invisalign is completed. While tooth whitening is best avoided during treatment by your orthodontist, you can achieve naturally lighter teeth by eating kiwi regularly. Kiwi contains citric acid, which can help to erase stains as you eat. While the effects will not be dramatic, they can help to reduce potential staining for anyone who wears braces.
Improves Gum Health
Once you have completed your Invisalign treatment, you will want to make sure your gums stay healthy. This is because your gums play a vital role in helping your teeth to maintain their alignment. Kiwi contains vitamin C, which is essential for helping your gums to heal and stay strong. The slightly rough skin is edible, and it can act as a natural massage to improve blood flow throughout your gums while gently removing plaque that contributes to gum disease.
Educating our patients on the best ways to maintain their oral health is a priority during every treatment. If you would like to learn more about improving your smile, then contact Nease and Higginbotham Orthodontics today.
Dr Nease graduated as Valedictorian from Cocke County (TN) High School in 1988 and graduated from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!) in 1992. He then attended the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis, TN, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree as Valedictorian of his graduating class in 1996. He remained at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry for his orthodontic training, and received his Master of Dental Science (MDS) degree in June of 1999. He immediately joined the practice of Dr. Phil Higginbotham in Spartanburg, beginning a wonderful professional relationship and friendship that endures today.