Everyone knows that sugary foods will contribute to tooth decay and cause cavities. But did you know certain foods will improve your oral health by strengthening your enamel? Read our list of of the best foods for your teeth!
Cheese, Gromit, cheese! Yes, cheese may in fact prevent cavities. Researchers have discovered that cheese stimulates saliva production which helps fight germs in your mouth. In addition to fighting off cavity-causing germs, saliva also contains proteins and minerals which actually protect tooth enamel.
Cheese is full of calcium which puts minerals back into your teeth. Additionally, there are studies which show people who lack calcium are prone to gum disease. Keep your teeth and gums healthy by getting a good dose of cheese everyday!
Another good source of calcium comes from almonds, which are full of protein but low in sugar. Even a quarter of a cup of almonds a day will give you a great dose of calcium that’s needed for the formation of tooth enamel. However, whole almonds have the potential to chip or fracture teeth because they are very hard and dense. Try sliced almonds instead of whole almonds to skip the tooth trauma.
An apple a day keeps the dentist away? The American Dental Association recommends staying away from sugary foods but apples are an exception. Although apples are very sweet, they are also high in fiber and water. Even just the act of eating an apple will increase saliva production in your mouth, which as we said before, rinses away cavity-causing bacteria. The fiber in apples stimulates the gums, too! Round your lunch off with a few apple slices to give your teeth a good scrub and keep your mouth healthy.
Leafy greens are packed with vitamins and minerals. Kale, spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, broccoli and cabbage are just a few examples of leafy greens that are high in calcium, folic acid, and vitamin C. Folic acid reduces inflammation which will make your gums more resistant to dental plaque and anaerobic bacteria. Folic acid will also help if your gums bleed, which is a sign of gum disease.
Vitamin C doesn’t just fight off scurvy, it also strengthens your teeth and gums. Get a good dose of vitamin C by eating a healthy dose of leafy greens!
Your oral health is essential to keeping your whole body healthy. Fortunately, the foods on our list are good for your entire body, including your teeth and gums! In addition to at-home care, it’s important to see your dentist regularly for checkups. Contact us to make an appointment with Legacy Family Dental for comprehensive dental care.