Ideal Foods for Healthy Teeth

15 Nov Ideal Foods for Healthy Teeth

Most of us know that eating healthy is good for our body. However, did you know what you eat can impact your teeth? Scientists are finding certain foods contribute to the health of your teeth and can help fight tooth decay, eliminate plaque, and improve gum health. So, in addition to brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and having an annual checkup with your dentist, make sure you have the right foods and drinks that contribute to your dental health. Today, we have highlighted a few of the foods that you’ll want to add to your grocery list:

  1. Fruits and vegetables rich in fiber.

Foods rich in fiber can keep your teeth and gums clean because of the production of saliva. Think about all that chewing you do when you eat an apple. Fiber-rich foods often require more chewing, which is why it’s not the same to simply add a fiber supplement to your diet. The saliva that you produce fights bacteria, which can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. So, stock up on foods such as carrots, apples, and whole grains. 

  1. Crunchy vegetables.

Not all crunch is good for your teeth. For example, you don’t want to add more chips and crackers to your diet simply because they are crunchy. Vegetables, however, are just the right type of crunch you need for your diet. Crunchy vegetables such as carrots, celery, onion, and garlic encourage the production of saliva, which helps fight harmful bacteria. 

  1. Cheese and yogurt.

If you love dairy, here’s another reason to love it even more. Dairy foods like cheese and yogurt is another food that produces saliva. A study recently published shows that munching on cheese encourages saliva and reduce bacteria. Also, the calcium and protein in cheese can be another factor that boosts the health of your teeth. That is one of the reasons that yogurt is good for your teeth and the helpful bacteria found in yogurt. 

  1. Green and black tea.

Green and black tea contain polyphenols, which can slow the growth of bacteria. Doing so prevents bacteria from producing the acid that harms your teeth, which often leads to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.  Also, tea is a source of fluoride. Fluoride helps the enamel on your teeth and prevents cavities. Of course, take care of how much black tea you drink because it can stain your teeth. 

As the familiar saying goes, you are what you eat. Eating too many sugary foods can lead to tooth decaywhile having a healthy diet leads to strong, healthy teeth and gums. So, the next time you go to the grocery store, make sure you stock up on the foods most beneficial to your dental health. Need a checkup? Set up an appointment with Dr. Daniel Allen, DDS, in New Braunfels, TX.

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