Sure, we all know that sticky sugary treats are bad for your teeth. But did you know everything you eat affects your teeth in different ways? So, what type of food is best to keep your smile happy and healthy?
Here is a handy list to help you keep your mouth in tip-top shape.
Just like for your overall health, water is one of the best things you can drink for your mouth and teeth. Water helps to flush leftover food particles away.
Plus, most American cities add fluoride to their water supply to help strengthen teeth. This is especially important to make sure your kids are getting enough fluoride to build up enamel from the very start.
Dairy contains tons of protein, calcium, and vitamin, all of which play an important in mouth health. All three of those things are mandatory creating a strong jaw to keep teeth in place. It also helps to lower dangerous acid which can eat away and enamel.
Cheddar cheese is especially good at this. In fact, eating cheese lowers harmful acid and plaque better than yogurt or milk. So, indulge your cheese craving as often as you want.
Orange and Other Vitamin C Rich Foods
Vitamin C deficiency can lead to bleeding gums. So, to promote healthy gums that heal quickly make sure you keep your vitamin c intake up. Plus, it is chalked full of antioxidants, which is good for overall health.
Cranberries contain a plaque fighting agent called polyphenols. This means it is great at keeping cavities at bay because it makes it hard for plaque build-up to happen.
One word of warning though, if you are drinking cranberry juice, make sure you check the sugar levels so you don’t counteract all the benefits of the berries themselves. Because, as we all know, juice tends to contain a ton of added sugar.
Snacking on things like apples, carrots, or raw broccoli can help dislodge plaque build-up that may be on your teeth. It acts as a power scrubber for your teeth to help keep them clean and strong. Plus, they stimulate saliva production which gets rid of bacteria.
While they aren’t a substitute for good professional teeth cleaning, eating crunchy foods can help the amount of scraping down in your next one.
This one is similar to crunchy food. The repeated chewing motion helps to get rid of any leftover food. Plus, it also produces saliva which, as discussed above gets rid of bacteria which is bad for your teeth and breath. Just make sure it is sugarless; after all, you don’t want to counteract all the good you are by coating your teeth in sugar.
Foods Rich in Calcium
Calcium, as it turns out, is high in phosphorous which helps protect your teeth from overly acidic foods eating away at the enamel. What calcium does is deposits minerals back on to the teeth, keeping them strong and working for years.
What Type of Food For Strong Teeth
These are just seven examples of the type what type of food you should eat for a brilliant smile. There are plenty more, so make sure you do your research to find ones you really love.
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