By James L. Pyle, DDS
December 16, 2014
Category: Oral Health
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If you would like to boost your healthy eating habits while also benefiting your teeth, consider observing November as “More Matters” month. Sponsored by the Produce for Better Health Foundation, More Matters is intended to encourage people of all ages to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in their diets. Dr. Pyle is a strong supporter of this month because eating fruits and vegetables not only improves his Durham patients’ waistlines, this healthy habit is also good for their teeth.Most fruits and vegetables (especially the crisp ones with high water content) benefit the teeth because they act like scrubbers to keep teeth clean. They also are low in sugar content, which means they won’t attract bacteria as foods high in carbohydrates and sugars can.

To follow the More Matters plan, try to fill at least half your plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal and snack. Some good examples include carrots, broccoli, celery, apples, pears and watermelon. These foods are packed with water and vitamins and minerals to help you maintain healthy gum tissue.
Whether fresh, frozen or canned, most fruits and vegetables are an excellent choice. Some exceptions may exist, including dried fruit, fruit juices and fruit snack bars, which typically have sugars added to them to enhance flavor. These added sugars not only increase the food’s caloric value, they also have added sugars that linger on the teeth and “feed” decay-causing bacteria.
When you add in calcium-containing foods, whole-grain carbohydrates, lean meats and water, you have a healthy diet that is good for your body, including your teeth.
Have you made your six-month check-up appointment to see Dr. Pyle? Call (916) 286-9667, and a member of our Durham dentist staff will help you schedule an appointment.