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Nutrition for Improved Dental Health

teeth health dentist smileDiet has an important role to play in oral health. The different foods we eat may prove to be beneficial or harmful to our teeth and smile.

The following nutritious foods will help improve your dental health and ensure you have a perfectly healthy smile.

Dark Leafy Vegetables

Include dark leafy vegetables such as collard greens, spinach and kale in your diet. These vegetables contain high levels of vitamins and micro-nutrients that are good for teeth and prevent gum disease. Find some creative ways to include these vegetables in your diet — like tossing them in a smoothie, toppings for a pizza and as a side dish with meals.

Crunchy Foods

These are raw fresh foods that are crunchy such as celery, carrots and celery. The foods will help clean the teeth since their firm texture helps to scrub off food debris from teeth.

Crunchy foods help in saliva production of which helps prevent cavities and balances bacterial acidity in the mouth.


This is another great nutritious choice since it is not only high in calcium but also contains healthy bacteria called probiotics. Calcium is essential for strength and integrity of the bone supporting the teeth.

Probiotics help to maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the mouth and around gums and teeth. The bacteria are useful in the prevention of teeth cavities. Make sure to choose yogurts that are unsweetened to avoid sugar that may damage your teeth.


Nuts can make an excellent snack that is healthier and beneficial to your teeth. Consume nuts such as cashews, almonds and walnuts that contain high amounts of calcium and other trace minerals that are essential for a healthy smile. The crunchy nature of nuts will aid saliva production.

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Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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Dr Catherine Myatt BDS MFGDP(UK)

Cath joined the practice as a dentist in 2002.  She and Ashley met on their postgraduate Vocational Training course in Birmingham when they ended up working at the same practice in West Bromwich.  When Ashley was looking for an associate at Balsall Common Dental Practice, Cath came to take the role and she has been here ever since.  In 2017 Cath...

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