Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 8: Strawberries
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Wearing braces means giving up eating certain foods for a period of time. Although it can be frustrating finding teeth-friendly fruits and vegetables like strawberries to eat on a daily basis, there is one food item that requires very little chewing. It is also very nutritious and is an ideal food for someone who wears a teeth straightening appliance practice better oral hygiene.
Eating strawberries several times a day is a highly recommended food choice for those who wear brackets or Invisalign braces because of their nutritional value. In addition to providing vitamins C, manganese,potassium, malic acid and fiber, the juice from the strawberry has cleansing properties that brighten surface stains and remove plaque on the teeth. Strawberries also have an exceptional level of antioxidants and contain polyphenols, that seem to play a large role in regulating blood sugar levels. This is especially helpful to individuals who wear teeth brackets and have trouble cleaning food debris from in between and behind their lower and upper molars. Invisalign wearers have the advantage of removing their teeth appliances altogether when they eat strawberries with the convenience of being able to floss and brush their teeth thoroughly afterward.
Good Oral Hygiene Pays Off
It is very important for someone eating strawberries to neutralize their acidity to prevent enamel erosion by thoroughly rinsing their mouth with water. However, as a tasty diet source, strawberries contain many nutrients that are found in foods that are not so teeth-friendly. With the right diet and dental hygiene routine, bracket and Invisalign wearers can be confident that their oral hygiene regimen will pay off the next time they visit their orthodontist.
Food recommendations given by an orthodontist are designed to make teeth cleaning and healthy eating a less tedious process while patients wear their teeth appliances. Contact Nease and Higginbotham Orthodontics to schedule a consultation to learn more about teeth straightening 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.