Everyone knows you need to brush and floss, but can what you eat make a difference in your tooth health? Absolutely! While no food can replace good oral habits, here are the top five tooth healthy foods that can aid in protecting your teeth.
A staple in any healthy eating list, it should not be a surprise that leafy greens have dental benefits as well. In addition to calcium, leafy greens are also rich in folic acid and the minerals and vitamins your teeth need to stay healthy. On top of their inherent benefits, leafy greens also require a good amount of chewing which can aid in cleaning your teeth of any built up sugar or acid.
Dairy, especially cheese and yogurt, can be especially beneficial for your teeth. High in calcium and protein, diary helps to strengthen your tooth enamel which in turn helps to prevent cavities. Cheese also helps to raise your mouth’s pH level which has been shown to lower the risk of tooth decay. Yogurt also benefits your gums because of its healthy bacteria. Just remember not to get yogurt with added sugar to make sure you get the full benefit. Looking to combine dairy and leafy greens for a tooth health “superfood”? Try a tooth friendly smoothie!
While some fruits can hinder good tooth health, apples are high in water content which helps to dilute their sugar. Likewise, eating apples produces saliva which helps to further rinse your mouth of bacteria and food particles. As an added benefit, the texture of an apple helps to stimulate your gums as well. Don’t have an apple? Don’t worry. Pears and other high water content fruits can have similar benefits.
Water is a necessity for life. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have dental health benefits as well. Water helps to wash sugars, acid, and food particles off of your teeth. In addition, water contains fluoride which can help to protect against potential tooth erosion. While this is especially true for tap water that has been fortified with fluoride, natural, or bottled, water can contain trace amounts of fluoride as well.
Almonds are high in protein and low in sugar which makes them great for your tooth health. Chewing almonds, or other similar nuts, can also help you to produce saliva. However, keep in mind that if you are in need of dental care, or if your tooth strength is compromised in some way, nuts can potentially cause issues such as tooth chipping.
Remember, no matter what you eat, you must brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and visit your dentist every six months for your semi-annual check-up and cleaning. In need of dental care? Contact us today for a free consultation!