5 Best Foods For A Healthy Smile (Paired menu items from Philadelphia restaurants)

For healthy teeth and gums this fall take a look at these 5 Dr. Tuncay approved foods and some great local examples to indulge in!

Chef Prepared Soft Nuts & Seeds

Nuts and seeds are low in carbohydrates which don’t add risk to developing cavities. Tooth decay is caused by acid-producing bacteria which is activated through the consumption of carbohydrates. Nuts also contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals which help keep teeth strong as well as produce saliva while consuming them which combats tooth decay as well.
Lunch – Chef-Curated Veggies and Farm Grains – Talula’s Garden

Lean Protein

Lean protein includes poultry, fish, eggs, and leaner cuts of meat. These are important sources of protein that your body needs, these foods also contain phosphorus which is an important factor in maintaining a healthy smile. Phosphorus acts as a protective shield covering the enamel and defending against harmful bacteria. Specific foods such as chicken and fish also contain vitamin B3 and B12 as well as iron, all of which are important for strong teeth and healthy gums.
Lunch – Fresh Fish – Chart House
Dinner – Grilled King Salmon – Barclay Prime

Cheese & Dairy Products

Dairy products are a great source of calcium and protein which work together to help strengthen the tooth’s enamel. Cheese and milk both include a lot of calcium and phosphates that also helps put minerals back into your teeth that may have been degraded by other foods. Dairy products don’t only help with keeping a strong enamel, foods like yogurts that include probiotics also help keep your gums healthy! Yogurts are a great choice to help introduce good bacteria to your mouth, make sure you stick with sugar-free options to maximize the benefits for your oral health! 
Lunch – Cheese Omelette & Yogurt Parfait – Parc

Leafy Greens

Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens promote oral health due to the large number of nutrients and calcium that they contain. While we’re all told from a young age to finish our vegetables, they really do carry a plethora of health benefits from the vitamins and minerals contained in each serving. Leafy greens provide excellent doses of nutrients for both teeth and gums as well as promoting saliva production which dilutes the acid and helps keep teeth healthy and clean!
Lunch – Greek Salad – Apricot Stone
Dinner – Wok Chinese Broccoli or Chinese Eggplant – Buddakan 

Fruits

An important part of any healthy diet should include fruits but strawberries, oranges, and other vitamin-C rich fruits are a great way to promote healthy gums and combat sensitivity or even bleeding during flossing and brushing. Severe vitamin C deficiency can result in receding gumlines and even loss of teeth!
Brunch – Pancakes/waffles with your favorite fruit – Green Eggs
Rittenhouse Square Farmers Market

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