When it comes to your oral health, you really are what you eat. Everyone knows that sugary and acidic foods are bad for your teeth and overall oral health, but what about the good foods? Below we take a look at some of the foods which can help to keep your teeth bright, and your gums healthy.
If you are one of those people who loves to chomp on cheese, here is another reason to eat more of this tasty food. The chewing required when you eat cheese increases the amount of saliva in your mouth, which helps to combat the build up of plaque and bacteria. Cheese also contains high amounts of protein and calcium, nutrients which help to strengthen tooth enamel.
Yogurt is another food which is high in protein and calcium, making it a great thing to eat to strengthen your teeth. Yogurt also contains ‘good’ bacteria known as probiotics; these may help to crowd out the bad bacteria which cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Apples might contain a large amount of natural sugar, but they aren’t all bad for your oral health. Alongside sugar, apples also contain water and fiber. When you bite into an apple the tough skin helps to remove debris from the surface of your teeth and to stimulate the gums.
Leafy greens such as broccoli, spinach and kale contain high levels of calcium to help build the enamel on your teeth, as well as folic acid. Folic acid is a B vitamin which can help to combat gum disease.
While celery might not be at the top of everyone’s favorite food list, it is a favorite when it comes to oral health. The tough, stringy nature of celery makes it excellent at removing plaque and debris from your teeth. It is also high in Vitamins A and C, which are vital for healthy gums.
Cranberries contain compounds called polyphenols, which slow the growth of bacteria in the mouth and help to prevent gum disease and cavities. However, many foods that contain cranberry often have added sugars to offset the sour flavor.
Strawberries contain malic acid, which naturally whitens the enamel on your teeth, giving you a brighter smile. However, be sure to floss after enjoying this fruit as the tiny seeds can become trapped between your teeth.
Raisins contain oleanolic acid which helps to inhibit bacteria in the mouth. However, make sure that the raisins are naturally sweet and do not contain added sugars.
Shiitake mushrooms contain lentinan, a natural sugar which prevents the growth of plaque forming bacteria in your mouth, while leaving ‘good’ bacteria untouched. This helps to combat a host of oral health problems, such as tooth decay, tartar, and gum disease.
By eating these foods as part of a balanced and healthy diet, regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, and having regular check ups at your dentist, you can beat bacteria, prevent tooth decay, and stop gum disease in its tracks.