Eat These 9 Foods for Healthy Teeth for Life
The many miracles of modern medicine mean that we are living longer than even our grandparents had ever thought was possible. Unfortunately, many people enjoy this extended lifespan but without keeping their own healthy teeth. For many, tooth loss is 100% preventable. You already know that you need to visit your dentist every 6 months and to brush and floss.
But there’s one other vital step you can take. Think about what you’re eating and drinking, as this has a direct impact on your oral health. Eat these 10 foods to ensure healthy teeth throughout your life.
9 Foods For Healthy Teeth
Have you ever heard the old story about eating an apple a day to keep the doctor at bay? Well, it turns out that apples get the dentist’s seal of approval also.
Apples are high in fiber that acts as to scrub away the bacteria that causes plaque formation from your teeth after you eat. Additionally, they have a high water content to help rinse away and food debris that remains after a meal.
Carry an apple with you to work every day. Eat it to clean your teeth after you eat lunch. Even though eating apples will never replace brushing, they are surprisingly effective.
Everything I just mentioned about apples having a scrubby texture to clear food debris and rid your mouth of bacteria goes likewise for carrots!
In addition to the excellent cleaning they give you teeth, they are high in beta-carotene which encourages your body to produce Vitamin A. This is important to good oral health because Vitamin A helps you create saliva and aids in restoring the pH of your mouth.
Cheese is a favorite snack for many people, and it is also a snack option that’s better for oral health.
Cheese helps to prevent bacteria and plaque from growing by changing the pH level of your mouth. Your mouth is a somewhat acidic environment; that acidity can cause the erosion of enamel. Cheese raises the acidity level, at least temporarily.
Plus, it’s high in calcium and protein that can maintain the health of your tooth enamel.
Black tea and green tea both contain compounds called polyphenols. Polyphenols can help reduce plaque accumulation by stunting the growth of bacteria in your teeth, gums, and tongue. So, it turns out that enjoying a cup of unsweetened tea is quite beneficial to your entire mouth.
There’s just one little catch. Tea causes staining on your tooth enamel. So, while it can be helpful to keep in mind when you don’t have access to your toothbrush, don’t overdo it!
It seems like water is the magic key to good health. We’re told to drink water to keep hydrated, treat our colds or flu, sleep better, and the list goes on. Now, add to that list that you should drink water to improve the health of your teeth.
First of all, all organs in the body require water for peak health. The tongue is an organ that’s made up of about 70% water. Keeping yourself hydrated will keep it healthy for life.
Making water your preferred drink will also aid in keeping your mouth clear of bacteria and debris.
From an appearance standpoint, water is one of the only beverages that won’t stain your teeth. It also is sugar-free and will help stop plaque in its tracks.
Consider replacing sugar-filled beverages with water. It’s not only great for your oral health; it’s also a gamer changer for your general wellness.
Fatty fish, like tuna and salmon, are ideal for your overall wellness. However, your teeth will also benefit from enjoying fish. Fatty fish are high in Vitamin D which is a nutrient essential to reinforce the strength of your tooth enamel.
Finally, fatty fish contain Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids help you keep healthy gums that will resist disease.
Milk can be another healthy beverage option for you to consider. Milk is high in the minerals calcium and phosphorous. These minerals help to both strengthen and protect the enamel of your teeth. Opt for Vitamin D-enriched milk to boost the benefits.
A word of caution: Milk contains a sugar called lactose. Keep that in mind; it should not be your primary beverage.
Kale is commonly touted as a “superfood.” It has earned that title because it’s super nutritious for your entire body including your teeth.
Your teeth, specifically, benefit from kale because it is rich in folic acid, Vitamin K, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Each of these provides anti-inflammatory properties. These nutrients can prevent tooth loss by keeping your gums healthy.
We all get in the mood for a crunchy snack. When that craving hits, grab a handful of almonds.
Your teeth will benefit from healthy doses of calcium as well as Vitamins D and E. This will increase enamel strength. Also, crunching away at almonds will increase your saliva production to help clear your mouth of bacteria.
The Bottom Line:
The food and drink options that you choose now will affect your oral health. When you add smart food choices to your brushing and flossing routine, you really can increase the odds of keeping healthy teeth for your entire life.
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