What to Eat and Drink to Help Strengthen Your Teeth
There’s a strong correlation between nutrition and teeth (including your gums). It makes complete sense when you think about it. Since everything you put into your mouth first goes through your teeth and gums, on the surface it affects the enamel of teeth and the tissue of the gums.
It is precisely why dentists advise brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash shortly after a meal. Failure to remove any leftovers may result in gingivitis and other oral health issues.
There are foods, however, that have a positive effect on your teeth. Of course, brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash shouldn’t be omitted but by consuming the following five foods, you can help strengthen your teeth.
1. Warm and Energizing: Green Tea
Green tea is full of healthy antioxidants that are not only good for your body as a whole but specifically for your teeth. With each cup consumed, you’ll get powerful disease-fighting antioxidants that help prevent plaque from sticking to your teeth and gums. Some people aren’t fans of the bitter taste so if you’re one of them, you can opt for milder teas like peppermint and ginger, which offer similar benefits.
2. Fatty and Savory: Wild Salmon
Salmon is high in omega-3s, which offers a bountiful source of Vitamin D and healthy fats. Since salmon helps your body absorb calcium, in return that calcium will protect and strengthen your teeth. Calcium or Vitamin D is key to maintaining healthy teeth. Vitamin D reduces inflammation in the gums, which is vital to reducing your risk of periodontal or gum disease.
3. Orange and Crunchy: Carrot Sticks
Consider adding a handful of carrot sticks as an afternoon snack. This orange, crunchy vegetable is high in vitamin A and has the ability to prevent bacteria-filled plaque from sticking to teeth and gums. In fact, carrots can help cleanse your teeth and gums. Do like like Bugs Bunny and start munching!
4. Green and Clean: Spinach and Other Leafy Greens
If you haven’t picked up by now, there’s a strong correlation between the foods we’ve listed thus far: they’re good for your body and equally good for your teeth. So it should be no surprise that spinach and other leafy greens offer excellent benefits for your teeth as well. When you chew on spinach and other greens like broccoli, green bell peppers, edamame, peas, and Brussels sprouts, you’ll generate saliva. Since saliva helps to rinse your teeth, it will clean and remove any harmful bacteria.
5. Rich and Delicious: Cheese!
Mmm cheese! If your diet already includes cheese as a snack then you’re in luck. Since cheese is full of calcium, it helps strengthen and repair the enamel of teeth. Specifically, cheeses such as cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, feta, and ricotta, which are all high in calcium, offer healthy protein (casein) that helps protect teeth from losing its enamel.
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Doing your part to keep teeth and gums healthy is one aspect of good dental health. Visiting the dentist every six months is another. Even if you haven’t seen a dentist in quite some time, consider scheduling a consultation. Remember, falling off the wagon doesn’t mean you can’t get back on! Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.