So, good oral health is essential for good overall health.

In a perfect world, you would brush and floss after every meal and snack. Fortunately, some easy-to-carry and common foods can support strong dental health.

Grab items high in calcium, like cheese, leafy greens, and almonds. Also, choose foods such as meat, fish, and eggs, which have significant amounts of phosphorus that fortify and rebuild tooth enamel, the protective coating on teeth.

Crunching on crisp fruits and vegetables removes plaque from teeth while their antioxidant-rich vitamins protect gums and parts of the mouth from bacterial infection. At the same time, eating raw, crunchy fruits and vegetables triggers the production of saliva, which washes away bits of food left after eating and neutralizes acids that can deteriorate tooth enamel.

This Children’s Dental Health Month, consider cheese, celery sticks, or other items rich in calcium or phosphorus to close a meal or as a snack. Laying a solid foundation for positive dental habits at an early age could lead to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums and good overall health.

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