Food that affects the health of your teeth

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Eating right can help you fend off plague, periodontal disease and gingivitis. Keep your teeth healthy and your gums strong by eating foods that contributes to a healthy and bright smile.

 

Calcium and vitamin D:

Most people understand that calcium and vitamin D are important for strong bones, but many of us fail to make that connection between our bones and teeth. Teeth are embedded in the jaw bone, so if the boce3 density fails, your teeth won’t have a firm footing. Calcium cannot be absorbed and used by the bone without vitamin D, so it is important to eat foods rich in both nutrients such as:

Best for calcium: Yoghurt, milk, soy milk, soybeans, frozen yoghurt, kale, white beans, broccoli, almonds and almond butter.

Best for vitamin D: Wild salmon, mackerel, sardines, soy milk, fortified yoghurt, egg-yolks and vitamin D-enhanced mushrooms.

Vitamin C:

Vitamin C keeps gums healthy because it strengthens blood vessels and the connective tissue that holds your teeth in your jaw.

Foods with vitamin C: Guava, bell peppers, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, pineapple, lemons, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kiwi, kidney beans, cauliflower, mangoes, tomatoes, raspberries, blackberries, watermelon and tangerines.

Water and green tea:

Water washes away food debris that can get trapped in teeth. It keeps saliva levels high. Saliva is the defense against tooth decay because its proteins and minerals counteract enamel eating acids, keeping your teeth strong. Saliva is more than 95% water, so stay hydrated. You can also substitute water with unsweetened green tea. Green tea is rich in antioxidants and can promote dental health and help ward off gum disease.

Poor food choices:

Poor food choices include: lollipops, hard candies, mints, cookies, cakes, pies, breads, muffins, potato chips, fried chips, bananas, raisins, dried fruits and cough medicine. These foods contain large amounts of sugar and can stick to teeth.

Avoid sugar-containing drinks such as: soft drinks, lemonade, coffee or tea with added sugar.

Is chewing gum ok for teeth?

Chewing sugarless gum is beneficial for your teeth as chewing helps dislodge food that becomes stuck to your teeth and also increases saliva flow. Some gums contain ingredients that can reduce cavities. If you have a jaw problem or pain in your jaw, avoid chewing gum.

Teeth and gum care tips:

  • Brush your teeth regularly
  • Use a fluoride containing toothpaste
  • Floss regularly
  • Use a mouth rinse
  • Visit your dentist regularly
  • Eat nutritious foods

Eating nutritious foods is not only good for your teeth and gums; it is good for your overall health as well. A healthy and bright smile is always more attractive.

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