We all have our weaknesses when it comes to eating habits. But keeping up with your oral care is just as important; especially when food choice plays such a crucial role when it comes to tooth decay. Here is a list of foods that will help your teeth.
Milk does the body good…and your teeth. Calcium is one of the most important ingredients for preventing tooth decay. Skim milk, low-fat yogurt and cheese are just as good source of calcium as regular dairy products. Your belly will thank you too.
Salmon & Other Meat
The vitamin D found in salmon makes it easier for your teeth and bones to get the full power of calcium from the foods you’re eating. Beef, chicken, turkey, and eggs contain phosphorus, which is one of the two most vital minerals of teeth and bones.
Oranges & Apples
Oranges help keep your gums healthy by strengthening blood vessels and connective tissue like the connective tissue that holds your teeth in your jaw. Just make sure you rinse after eating, acid and sugars can also do harm. Apples help naturally clean your teeth and gums. When you eat apples, the fiber in it cleanses the teeth, while the antiviral properties of the fruit keep bacteria and virus away.
Carrots & Celery
Carrots aren’t just good for your eyes. Carrots are natural stain removers, as are apples and celery. Chewing celery can help you clean your teeth by stimulating the secretion of saliva and balancing the PH value in your mouth. So the bacteria can be effectively killed and your teeth can be well protected.
Green tea has natural antioxidant compounds that prevent plaque from accumulating, reducing the risk of cavities and bad breath. Some green teas also contain fluoride that can further prevent tooth decay. But be careful if you like your tea with sugar: sweetener may negate the effect.
“Remember, everything in moderation.” -Dr. Moore
And when in doubt, swish it out. Water cleans your mouth so that your saliva can support your teeth, hydrate your gums, and help wash away food particles that can create plague. Look out for our next blog post, “Foods That Hurt Your Teeth”. Till next time, brush up.