Want a truly brilliant smile? You would be wise to look beyond just brushing and flossing and think about how your diet can improve those chompers. That’s right, certain foods are super healthy for your teeth!
Here are 10 foods that make your mouth, teeth and gums happy.
Good news! Cheese is a superfood for your teeth thanks to its ability to combat acid erosion!
Don’t hold back next time you’re thinking of ordering a cheese board – but maybe consider ordering it at the end of your meal. Eating cheese after a meal can counteract the acid left behind by bread, sweets, citrus or soda.
Wait, didn’t we just say citric acid can be bad for teeth? Well, it can – but the vitamin C in oranges does you a lot of good. It strengthens blood vessels and slows down the progression of disease and decay by reducing inflammation. Just remember to wait at least half an hour before brushing your teeth after you eat citrus fruits and drink plenty of water afterwards!
Fatty fish like salmon are a great source of vitamin D, and this vitamin helps your body absorb calcium. And as we all know, calcium is the essential ingredient your teeth and bones need to stay strong and protected from disease.
Green and Black Tea
The polyphenols found in green and black tea literally kill and suppress the bacteria that cause plaque. Reach for these two teabags next time you have a cuppa, and your teeth will thank you!
No, we’re not joking. Anything over 70% cacao (eaten in moderation!) is good for your teeth. This is because dark chocolate contains a compound called CBH which helps harden tooth enamel, making your teeth less vulnerable to decay.
Salad greens are full of vitamins and minerals, while also being low in calories. Kale and spinach are also high in calcium and contain folic acid, a B vitamin
Apples might be sweet (which is usually bad), but this particular fruit is high in fibre and water – which are both good for your teeth. Also, the act of eating an apple produces saliva in your mouth, which washes away bacteria and food particles. Plus, the texture of an apple stimulates the gums. Eating an apple isn’t as good as brushing your teeth – but it does some of the same things for you.
Just like carrots and apples, celery acts a bit like a toothbrush, whisking food particles and bacteria off of your teeth. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and C, which both give your gums a health boost.
Low in sugar, but high in calcium and protein, almonds are another dentist-approved snack. Toss those almonds into a salad, or enjoy a handful as a snack.
Similar to cheese, yogurt is a great source of calcium and protein. The probiotics, or helpful bacteria, found in yogurt are also good for your gums. If you’re eating yogurt for dental health, just remember to look for plain flavours with no added sugar.
Here’s to Your Health
Munch regularly on these 10 dental superfoods, and you’re sure to have plenty to smile about for years and years to come. Although diet plays a big role in dental health, you still need to go to a dentist for regular check-ups or help with cavities, wisdom teeth and other treatments.Leave a reply →