Hilldale Farmer’s Market, Madison WI

There's no excuse to stop eating healthy, fresh food.  The Hilldale Farmer's Market, (Madison WI) Moves Inside the mall on November 12, 2016.

Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m  (608-209-7130, hilldalemkt@hotmail.com)

5 foods your Teeth LOVE :

  1. Crunchy foods high in water: celery, apples, carrots

Your teeth benefit from hard, crunchy foods that contain lots of water because chewing produces more saliva -- a great neutralizer of bacteria-causing decay, and the texture gently "brushes" teeth, removing plaque and food particles.  Win-win.

  1. Foods rich in antioxidants like grapes, raisins, nuts, beans

Antioxidants are the superheroes of food because they're constantly on patrol protecting our cells from invasion.  In the case of teeth, antioxidants fight bacteria that cause inflammation and periodontal disease. They protect gums and other tissues from cell damage and bacterial infection.

  1. Foods rich in vitamin C like bell peppers, oranges, kiwi, strawberries

Vitamin C strengthens blood vessels and reduces inflammation so gums stay healthier. Vitamin C is required for the production of collagen, a key protein that helps fight periodontal disease. Without Vitamin C, gums become sensitive and susceptible to bacteria causing periodontal disease.

  1. Foods high in calcium are an obvious choice, like cheese and milk (spinach, broccoli, kale).

Teeth are the hardest part of the human body, and calcium is an important ingredient for keeping teeth strong.  In addition, cheese and milk lowers cavity-causing plaque on teeth because they reduce acid levels in your mouth (plaque loves acid).

  1. Black coffee

Yes, black coffee can cause staining of teeth (reducible by cleaning) but the benefits for teeth are surprisingly good: black (no sugar!) coffee protects teeth from tooth decay and helps fight plaque.

 

Find Jean Piper, Madison's Favorite Small Dental Practice, near the Hilldale Farmer's Market.  Regent Street at Midvale 608-233-4242 Madison WI.

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