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What foods promote dental health?
Updated: 3/27/2012 5:00:29 PM

What foods promote dental health?  

Many oral health professionals have expressed concern that Americans are eating and drinking too much sugar and non-nutritional snacks, according to the American Dental Association. While there are many foods that can damage teeth, such as sour candies and some fruits, some actually boost dental health.

Recently, the Seattle Post Intelligencer published an article on some of the foods that promote oral health.

First, people can repair some of the mineral damage done to their teeth by eating foods rich in calcium and phosphorus, such as fish, plain yogurt, low-fat ricotta cheese, roasted seeds, nuts and whole grain bread. These foods which may replenish tooth enamel. 

Next, there are foods that may help prevent gum disease.

"Keep your gums pretty in pink by consuming an antioxidant-rich diet and flossing daily. Foods like red peppers, kale, spinach, broccoli and sweet potatoes may help lessen your chances of gum disease," stated the news source.

Finally, the information provider said that fiber-rich foods, such as apples or pears, may help get leftover food particles off of teeth. 

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