We always hear about foods that are bad for your teeth. Sticky sweets and sugar-laden sodas can wreak havoc with your pearly whites. But did you know that there are also foods that are good for your teeth and gums? Here is a list of dentist-favorite and healthy things to eat.
1. Say Cheese to Healthy Teeth
Maybe there’s a reason that we “say cheese” when smiling for a picture. With high levels of calcium and phosphate, cheese promotes healthy teeth, balances the oral PH levels, and can destroy bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease.
2. Dairy Products Keep Your Teeth Strong
Other than cheese, milk and yogurt are rich in calcium and low in acidity- both positive things for your teeth and gums.
3. A Cup, or Two, of Green Tea is Good for Healthy Teeth
This delicious drink is an antioxidant, which prevents plaque from accumulating on your teeth, reducing cavities and bad breath. Just be sure to take it easy on the added sugar and honey!
4. Kiwis are Promote Healthy Gums
Most fruits are laden with Vitamin C and eating them can give your gums a good healthy massage as well. Kiwis are exceptionally high in C, which can increase the collagen in your gums and make them stronger.
5. Did You Say Onions are Good for Teeth?
Sure, raw onions can make your breath pretty smelly. But the sulfur compounds that contribute to temporary bad breath also kill dangerous bacteria that harm the teeth. Brush, floss, and rinse after you eat them to reduce the temporary odor.
6. For Clean, Healthy Teeth Crunch on Celery
Eat plenty of celery. Raw celery massages your gums, can reduce the amount of plaque on your teeth, and can increase the production of healthy saliva.
7. For Strong Teeth Snack on Sesame Seeds
These little, wonderful seeds actually can scrape plaque from your teeth and are packed with tooth-strengthening calcium.
8. Sweet Potatoes for Help Develop Baby Teeth
These beauties are loaded with Vitamin A and are especially good for babies whose teeth are developing.
9. Keep Plague at Bay with Shitake mushrooms
Believe it or not, these tasty fungi, often found in Asian foods, contain a sugar that prevents plaque from forming on your teeth.
10. Water, Simply Good for Your Teeth
There’s a reason why water is called “the gift of life”, and you would be hard pressed to find a healthy food list without it. Dentally speaking, water keeps your mouth hydrated, cleans and rinses your teeth and gums, stimulates saliva production, and can dislodge trapped food particles.
As great as these foods are, there is much more to healthy teeth and gums than loading up on celery, cheese, and water. If it is time for your regular dental examination and cleaning, or if you have any questions at all about your dental health, we are here for you. Give us a call at 480-515-0404.