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Foods that are good for strong, healthy teeth

March 1, 2016

What you eat not only has an effect on your body as a whole, such as weight and your metabolism, but it also has an effect on your teeth. The bacteria in your mouth react with the different ingredients in your food and can either have a good or a bad impact on your teeth. There are some foods that are really good for your teeth and should be eaten often in order to strengthen and fortify them. Here is a small sample of what foods are best for your teeth and how often you should eat them.

Tea Besides being good for you overall, tea has qualities that make it great for teeth health. Polyphenols, which are found in black and green teas, help to slow the growth of bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease. Tea will also help to reduce the size and stickiness of the plaque buildup on teeth.

Cranberries Like tea, cranberries contain polyphenols, which help to slow the growth of bacteria on your teeth. The caveat with cranberries, however, is that many cranberry products contain extra sugar because the fruit is so tart, so be cautious the sugar content in cranberry products, or you may be doing more harm than good in the end.

Milk Not only is milk good for your bones, but also your teeth. The more milk you drink, the stronger and healthier your teeth get thanks to the calcium found in milk. Calcium helps to protect your teeth against periodontal (gum) disease. It also helps to keep your jaw bone strong and healthy.

Oranges and other citrus It may sound surprising, but citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits help to keep your gums healthy. The Vitamin C that is found in citrus helps to strengthen blood vessels and connective tissue, including the tissue that holds your teeth in your jaw. Kind of important, huh? Vitamin C will also help to reduce inflammation, helping to prevent or slow the growth of gingivitis. So, pucker up!

Water Sounds so simple, but yet water is so powerful to help fight against bacteria in your mouth! Water helps to keep your saliva levels high and saliva is your mouth’s best defense against bacteria. The saliva in your mouth contains proteins and minerals that work to counteract enamel-eating acids. Because saliva is made up of 95 percent water, adding more water into the mix can only help you help avoid unnecessary cavities and tooth decay.

Cheese As if you needed another excuse to eat cheese?! Cheddar cheese is high in calcium, which, like milk, helps to make your teeth strong and healthy. It helps to lower the acid levels in your mouth, which helps to fight plaque. If you’re munching on a harder, older cheese, it’ll help increase your saliva production, helping to wash away bacteria.

Brushing and flossing is great for your teeth, but there are so many other things that can be done to help fight bacteria and gingivitis, and it starts with what you eat.

Last Modified: 03/01/2016 4:26:03 pm MST


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