10 Foods That Promote Healthy Teeth
We all know that eating healthy is good for our teeth, but did you know that some foods are better than others in preventing cavities and keeping your smile healthy? Here are 10 foods that promote healthy teeth:
Cheese is a wonderful saliva generator! The calcium in cheese, and the calcium and phosphates in milk and other dairy products, help put back minerals your teeth might have lost due to other foods.
This is another great saliva generator that removes food particles from your mouth and keeps your breath fresh!
Raw celery massages your gums and increases the production of healthy saliva!
Water (Tap Water Too!)
Water keeps your throat and lips moist and prevents your mouth from feeling dry. Dry mouth can cause bad breath and/or an unpleasant taste, and can even promote cavities.
Researchers from Japan, publishing their findings in the Journal of Periodontology, analyzed dietary intakes from nearly 1,000 adults and found those who consumed the highest levels of dairy (specifically yogurt and yogurt-type drinks) had the healthiest gums! They think the probiotics (a.k.a. “good bacteria”) in yogurt might be responsible for protecting gums. A 2005 study also found that yogurt can stop the growth of bad-breath-causing bacteria.
Biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.
Milk’s nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamin D are bio-available for growth and development and maintenance of the teeth, jawbones and gums throughout life. In addition to this nutritional effect, milk has interesting topical effects on teeth even after they are ‘fully developed’. It provides minerals in the saliva to help repair the daily microscopic de-mineralizations that occur to teeth from the acids produced during bacterial action on starches and sugars.
Green tea controls bacteria and lowers the acidity of saliva and dental plaque,making it a useful tool in preventing cavities.
Pears help protect teeth from the harmful effects of foods and beverages that are highly acidic. Eating pears also helps stimulate saliva production, and since pears contain a significant amount of water already, they can help further reduce the risk of enamel damage from acid, as well as many other dental health problems.
A 2010 lab-based study in The European Journal of Dentistry showed that after being exposed to an acidic drink like cola, enamel erodes half as quickly when exposed to broccoli beforehand. Researchers explain that the iron in broccoli may help form a protective acid-resistant film on teeth.
In addition to a healthy diet, KidSmiles Whittier encourages everyone to brush and floss for two minutes, twice a day to ensure your smile is the best it can be!
Photo credits (all from Flickr): Cheese: anneh632, Gum: @optikalblitz, Celery: TheDeliciousLife, Water: Steve A Johnson,Yogurt: Average Jane,Apple: Alice Popkorn, Milk: hobvias sudoneighm, Green Tea: Dan McKay
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