While it is common knowledge that some foods better than others for your dental health, few people know that certain staples of your nutrition are literally good for your teeth.
Think of incorporating the following items into your diet for healthier, stronger teeth:
- Cheese and milk
Cheese is full of calcium that strengthens your enamel and prevent the erosion of your teeth. Moreover, since cheese and milk have a high pH, they protect your teeth against acidic foods that cause cavities.
- Nuts and grains
Nuts and grains are full of protein and lipids which do not cause cavities and even cancel out the acidity of sweet foods if eaten immediately afterwards. Cashews in particular are known to act against the bacteria responsible for cavities. When eating nuts and dried fruits mixes, always remember to finish off with the nuts instead of fruit.
Research has found that the polyphenols (the antioxidants) found in cranberries are beneficial for your dental health. Indeed, these antioxidants are proven to inhibit the production of acids which harm your teeth as well as the formation of biofilm on your teeth caused by bacteria and responsible for cavities. Cranberries may also protect your teeth from periodontal diseases. (source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20943032)
- Crunchy fruits and vegetables
Crunchy foods like apples, carrots and celery not only stimulate the production of saliva; they also detach the debris attached to your teeth.
- Raw onions
While they won’t do wonders for your breath, raw onions have powerful antibacterial properties which are beneficial for your dental health. Just don’t forget to brush your teeth after your meal.
- Sugarless gum
Gum stimulates saliva production inside your mouth which helps protect your teeth from cavities by “washing” your teeth.
On top of its many healthy properties, water also hydrates your salivary glands.
Next time you’re looking for a healthy snack, think about these options to improve and maintain a healthy oral hygiene. Don’t forget to brush your teeth and floss regularly as well.