Did you know that one of the easiest ways to care for your dental implants is with food? Our patients here at Bay View Smile Design in Fort Lauderdale, FL are always so thrilled with the results of their new smiles due to dental implants. So much so, in fact, that Dr. Fenton and the rest of the staff are often approached by patients looking for ways to care for their dental implants other than just brushing and flossing. With this in mind, we have decided to put together a list comprising the most dental implant friendly foods. We really think that our dental implants patients, especially those financing their own treatment, will appreciate having this list handy the next time they step into the grocery store.
Fruits and Veggies
No, this isn’t an opportunity for us to lecture you on your dieting habits. When we suggest eating more fruits and veggies we are doing so strictly with the health of your mouth and teeth in mind.
Fruits and veggies contain something called fiber. Fiber is a natural facilitator for the production of saliva in your mouth. Saliva happens to be your mouth’s natural defense against bacteria. When your mouth has a healthy amount of saliva in it, that saliva does something amazing to bacteria. It has the ability to keep portions of bacteria suspended in a type of liquid prison. When you swallow, those portions of trapped bacteria are then sent down into your belly. Believe it or not, you digestive tract is much better suited for effectively handling bacteria than your teeth and gums are.
Fruits and Veggies With the Most Fiber
There are plenty of fruits and veggies with fiber in them. However, just as a little extra step to help you and the rest of our dental implants patients get a jump start in caring for your dental implants with your diet, here is a short list of the most fiberlicious fruits and veggies.
- Artichokes: 10.3 grams per medium vegetable, cooked.
- Peas: 8.8 grams per cup, cooked.
- Broccoli: 5.1 grams per cup, boiled.
- Brussels Sprouts: 4.1 grams per cup, boiled.
- Raspberries: 8 grams per cup, raw.
- Blackberries: 7.6 grams per cup, raw.
- Avocados: 6.7 grams per half, raw.
- Pears: 5.5 grams per medium fruit, raw.
The best thing about all of the foods listed above is that you can get them right at your grocery store or local farmers market. It just so happens that our office is located a mere 3.6 miles away from one of those farmers markets by the name of Eucalyptus Gardens. It’s located on 2430 Northeast 13th Avenue and is about an eleven-minute drive from the office. Why not stop by and get something interesting the next time you come in to have your teeth cleaned? Just make sure to tell us what you got and how it tasted!
Until next time readers, keep smiling.