We often forget that what we eat not only affects our physical health, but also our oral health.  A balanced diet that includes all five food groups is key for good oral hygiene. It provides the necessary nutrients your body needs and helps your mouth to resist infection.  In honor of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' National Nutrition Month this month, below is a list of seven nutritious foods that will help keep your smile top notch!

Cheese raises the pH of your mouth, thus lowering the risk of dental decay. It also contains calcium and protein, which help strengthen your teeth and improve tooth enamel.

Yogurt is high in both calcium and protein, and it also contains probiotics, the good bacteria that work against cavity-causing bacteria.

Leafy Greens are a great source of calcium that will help strengthen your teeth.

Apples produce saliva which helps to rinse away bacteria present in the mouth.  Sometimes called “nature’s toothbrush,” they also help to stimulate your gums.

Celery is an excellent source of Vitamin A and C, both of which help your gums.

Like apples, carrots also produce saliva to help wash away bacteria. They also are a good source of fiber and Vitamin A.

Almonds are another source of calcium and protein.

Next time you want a snack, opt for one of the seven healthy foods listed above. Your teeth will thank you.

Check out more information on National Nutrition Month here.

Check out more information on National Nutrition Month here.

All information courtesy of Colgate and Delta Dental