Your teeth are important! That is why you do such a great job of taking care of them. Brushing, flossing, mouth wash and regular dental check-ups. Yet, gum disease and tooth decay are still some of the most prevalent disease in world. Why, you may ask. The answer may be hiding in your fridge.
Even if you have a perfect oral hygiene routine, it may be hard to keep your teeth healthy if you don’t watch what you eat. You already know that sugars and acids from food and drinks can do damage to your teeth. However, there are many foods that not only don’t harm your teeth but can even boost your oral health.
Get your shopping list ready. The foods I’m about to mention can help prevent anything from cavities to periodontal disease to even whitening your teeth and freshening your breath.
How can food help your teeth and gums stay healthy
Your entire body needs nutrition to function properly, that includes your mouth. Specific nutrients help different parts of your body. Continue reading to learn the most crucial elements for healthy teeth and gums.
Foods rich in calcium and phosphorous
The outer layer of your tooth is enamel, which is the strongest bone in your body, as well as a mineral. Sugar and acid will break down the enamel of your tooth. To fight the break down, adding minerals, such as calcium and phosphorous can help make your teeth strong and healthy again.
Best sources of Calcium: Cheese (Hard, aged), seafood, milk, yogurt, tofu and almonds
Best source of Phosphorous: fish, brazil nuts, eggs, tofu, red meat
Firm, crunchy fruits and veggies that contain a lot of water
Chewing foods that are high in water will help you produce more saliva. Saliva is the best natural neutralizer of the bacteria that causes cavities. The texture of these foods gently scrub and clean the surface of the teeth removing food particles and plaque while eating. Just remember, the fruits and veggies need to be raw to keep their texture.
Best raw fruits and veggies: carrots, apples, celery and cucumbers
Foods rich in Vitamin D
Getting plenty of vitamin D plays a role in your overall health, but it’s really important if you want healthy teeth as well. Vitamin D is what helps your body absorb calcium.
Best source of Vitamin D; fish, egg yolks, cod liver oil, sunlight (You can’t eat this, but it’s still the best source of Vitamin D)
Foods rich in Vitamin C
Vitamin C strengthens blood vessels and reduces inflammation which may help reduce gum inflammation. Vitamin C is also needed to produce collagen which is a key protein that helps you fight periodontal disease. Without enough Vitamin C your gums may become more sensitive as well as more susceptible to bacteria that causes periodontal disease.