6 Foods and Recipes to Eat for Bright, Healthy Teeth

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We’ve all heard to avoid sugary foods and dark sodas to keep our teeth as bright, healthy, and sparkling — but what about the foods you can eat to promote a better smile? Just as you can eat your way to tooth decay, the right diet will put you on the path to dental health.

“The teeth and gums mirror what’s going on in the rest of your body. Therefore, what you consume influences the health of your smile,” Dr. Shawn Frawley said in an e-booklet by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. “That’s why it’s important to think carefully about making the right food choices.” Here are six tooth-friendly foods and recipes for preparing them.

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1. Cheese

The calcium and phosphorus in cheese fight back against tooth decay. As we age, acid is breaking down enamel — the translucent layer that protects teeth. “Though as adults our teeth are already formed, it’s helpful to eat calcium and phosphorus to rebuild the tooth enamel,” Deepinder Sahota, DDS, a consumer advisor spokesperson for the American Dental Association based in Fremont, California told Prevention. You’ll feel good about your teeth, and health in general, when you make Self‘s lightened-up four cheese pasta.

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ cups skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons light cream cheese
  • 1½ tablespoons whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 cups cooked whole-wheat spiral pasta
  • 2 cups chopped cauliflower (about ½ a medium head), steamed

Directions:  In a medium saucepan, combine milk, cream cheese, flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder and cayenne, if desired. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until mixture comes to a slow boil, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove pan from heat; stir in remaining cheeses and mustard until cheese melts. In a bowl, toss pasta with cauliflower; pour cheese mixture over top; stir. Divide pasta evenly among seven bowls; serve immediately.

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