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Top 5 Best Foods and Drinks for Your Teeth

  1. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber. Dr. Mann often says, “An apple a day keeps the dentist away.” They work by physically scrubbing your teeth and stimulating salivary flow by requiring longer chewing times. Saliva is important in fighting cavities, because it washes teeth and neutralizes tooth-damaging acids. Saliva also contains calcium and phosphates that help rebuild vital minerals in enamel. Besides being a delicious snack; crunchy, juicy fruits and vegetables also have high water content that helps clean teeth as you enjoy. High-fiber foods are very important for an overall healthy diet, so load up on fruits and veggies.
  2. Foods such as eggs, fish, whole grains, spinach, leafy green vegetables, and poultry are high in vitamins A, C and D as well as calcium and phosphorus. These vitamins and minerals help make tooth enamel stronger. In moderation these foods can be part of an overall healthy diet, as well.
  3. Your favorite nuts are good for your gums and teeth as well. Peanuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios and walnuts are high in calcium, vitamin D, fiber, folic acid, iron, magnesium, niacin, Vitamin E, vitamin B6, potassium and Zinc.
  4. Green, black teas and even coffee contain polyphenols. These polyphenols prevent tooth bacteria from growing or producing tooth-attacking acid. As long as you don’t load these beverages with sugar, they will keep your teeth healthy and strong. Teas and coffee can stain your teeth over time. It’s recommended to have biannual dental cleanings to remove these stains. Professional teeth whitening is also an option to keep teeth looking white and healthy.
  5. Water is the main constituent of saliva. When you’re on the go and don’t have time to brush and floss after a meal, use water as a valuable rinsing agent. New York tap water is fluoridated to fight cavities. Fluoride works by embedding itself within the tooth enamel matrix to make the enamel stronger. This helps prevent tooth decay by rebuilding the tooth enamel.
  6. Following a healthy diet will help keep your mind, body, and oral health at its peak.  It’s also advisable to see a dentist every 6 months for a routine check-up and cleaning.  This will help avoid costly and preventable dental emergencies in the future.

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About Dr. Peter Mann

Dr. Peter Mann NYC

After working with some of the top world renowned dentists throughout New York City; in 2009 Dr. Mann decided it was time to achieve his vision by opening the Smile Arts of NY in the heart of Manhattan on E. 40th between Madison and Park ave.

Originally born in Ukraine, when communism collapsed his family took the opportunity to pursue the American dream and moved to New York. Dr. Peter Mann has lived in New York ever since, for over 22 years. His goal is to provide excellent dental experience for his fellow New Yorkers.

Dr. Mann lives minutes from the office. Patients undergoing treatment have his cell phone number and can always get in touch with any questions or concerns. It’s not unusual to see Dr. Mann arriving after hours to help a patient with an emergency.