You are what you eat, and the same goes for your teeth. Although most people are familiar with foods or drinks that might be bad for their teeth, not everyone knows what types of food are actually good for your teeth. Here are some snack suggestions that help improve the strength of your tooth enamel, improve the health of gum tissue, and help you avoid the need for dental fillings, crowns, and other dental restorations:
Of course, cheese is full of calcium to strengthen bones (and also to promote healthy tooth formation), but there are new findings that show cheese, milk, and yogurt can help strengthen already formed enamel as well. The pH levels in the mouth after eating cheese help reduce cavity formation and acids that weaken enamel. 2-3 servings of dairy each day are recommended.
Biting into and chewing fresh fruits and vegetables helps to naturally cleanse the teeth, massage the gums, and provide essential vitamins that boost your immune system. When possible, opt for fresh vegetables over cooked once.
Popcorn is a great afternoon snack that cleans teeth as it’s being eaten. Air-popped popcorn without added oils or butters is a great source of fiber and low in calories. Although, sometimes the occasional popcorn kernel may be troublesome, at least it will remind you to floss!
Nuts are a great source of proteins, nutrients, and healthy oils. They also aren’t very sticky, which means they won’t stick to your teeth and cause large amounts of acid erosion the way some types of foods do. Almonds, cashews, and peanuts can pack in things like calcium, vitamin D, and limit plaque formation.
Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental
It is safe to say that everyone would like to have healthy teeth and a sparkling white smile. Unfortunately, there are many foods and other products which we consume on a daily basis that contribute to the discoloration and even the decay of teeth. On the other hand, current research has shown that many foods contribute to the development of healthy white teeth.
The consumption of these and other healthy foods such as apples, celery and raw vegetables not only encourage the flow of saliva in the mouth thereby assisting in ridding the mouth of acids and bacteria, but also have a cleansing effect on the gums. This is important since healthy gums improve the chances of having healthy teeth.
Teeth whitening may be another option for getting the healthy, attractive look of white teeth. While the consumption of certain foods will contribute to the development of healthy white teeth, it is important to maintain a daily regimen of good oral care. The healthy habits of brushing after each meal and flossing regularly taught to us as small children still hold, but we have additional help in the form of many teeth-whitening foods.
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