Diet For Healthy Teeth

We often hear our dentists telling us to avoid the sugar filled sweets for the sake of our poor teeth. We know that certain things like cigarettes and coffee damage our teeth in the long run. But what about foods that could help? If you think about it, regarding many problems with the body, the doctor will give you a list of foods to stay away from or a list of foods to consume. It is the same with the health of our teeth – if we brush, floss and go for regular check-ups are we doing all that we can to keep our teeth healthy, or not? It may come as a surprise to some, but our diet has a direct effect on the health of our mouth.

Here are some foods that will help keep your mouth free from cavities and decay.

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Tea

Surprisingly so, tea is very good for teeth. Both black and green teas contain compounds called polyphenols which actually slow down the growth of bacteria known to cause cavities and gum disease. Research has shown that rinsing out your mouth with black tea as opposed to water reduces the amount of plaque in your mouth. Not only does it do that, it also prevents halitosis and reduces smelly breath.

Cheese

Cheese is known to increase the pH in your mouth. An experiment showed that the subjects that ate cheese had a rapid drop in their acidic levels in their mouth, as opposed to the subjects who drank milk and ate yoghurt. Because eating this food requires a lot of chewing, more saliva is produced that washes the mouth out. Cheese also contains calcium and protein – these nutrients help increase the strength of your teeth.

Yoghurt

Although this may not increase the pH of your mouth, it is still beneficial to your teeth. Of course, the yoghurt with no sugar would be the best option. Like cheese, this food contains a large amount of calcium and protein which is good for the enamel of the teeth. Not only is this food good for your teeth, but also for your gums. It contains probiotics which overpower the bad bacteria – the ones causing cavities – in your mouth.

Crunchy Foods

Does your jaw ever get tired of chewing when eating crunchy foods? Well this is definitely not for nothing – the chewing loosens dental plaque and increases the amount of saliva in the mouth which then washes it out. Apples, for example, require a lot of chewing and what’s more is that their fibrous texture actually cleans the teeth and gums while you are eating. Other foods such as celery and carrots are high in vitamins and a great source of cleansing for your mouth.

The list goes on. There definitely seems to be more good foods than there are bad foods for your teeth. Other examples include Almonds, leafy greens, eggs, fish, milk and cranberries – All for a different reason but all are beneficial to the health of our teeth, gums and even jaws. So eat up fellow humans, you have plenty to choose from.