Fluoride is an incredible substance that is quite revered in the world of dentistry. This simple mineral can do something little else can. It can improve the strength and durability of the body’s most durable substance, our enamel. When its oral health properties were discovered, it didn’t take long before it found its way into almost every dental product on the shelves. Eventually, it even found its way into our drinking water, which significantly reduced oral health issues in the United States. While fluoride is a mineral, it’s also a substance that naturally occurs in various foods.
Changing Up Your Diet To Protect Your Teeth
We all know that reducing the amount of sugar in our diet can help protect our teeth. Cut back on sugary foods, avoid soda, and brush regularly. These are common mantras we’ve heard when we began worrying about our teeth on our own. Rarer, however, are instructions on what we can eat to improve our oral health. Here at Dickey Dental, we know that being told what to avoid is only helpful if other options aren’t given. Below we’ve compiled a list of foods known to be high in fluoride that isn’t just delicious; they can contribute to your lasting oral health.
- Spinach – This leafy green is the source of many minerals and vitamins, with fluoride among them. Spinach is an excellent source of this mineral, having 0.07mg in each cup.
- Grapes, Raisins – Raisins are an excellent way of getting your fluoride, with nearly 20 times the fluoride found in grapes. Beverages derived from grapes also contain valuable sources of fluoride.
- Black Tea – One more reason why tea is better than coffee! Black tea contains a significant amount of caffeine to get you started in the morning and has a significant amount of fluoride. Even better, the water used to make it typically adds more fluoride from the city water.
- Potatoes – Russet potatoes, in particular, provide a significant amount of fluoride. However, to enjoy the benefits, you have to eat the skins, where most of the minerals in this tuber can be found.
Adding these fruits and vegetables to your diet can help ensure that you have plenty of fluoride, even if you’re not on city water. If you’re concerned you may not be getting enough fluoride in your diet, it’s time to contact the Dickey Dental team.
Schedule Your Next Visit With The Dickey Dental Team
We know how important it is to make patient education a central facet of our commitment to adequate dental care. Providing our patients with valuable information about steps to improve their oral health ensures every preventative care visit is a breeze. Call us today at (803) 329-2126 to schedule your next visit to our Rock Hill, SC office. We’ll arrange a consultation with Dr. Hugh Brad Dickey or another member of our team. During your visit, you’ll undergo a full dental exam and dental history and receive a consultation on treatment plans that can help improve the overall health of your teeth and smile.