It’s not surprising that the foods that are healthy for your body are generally healthy for your teeth, too. Dental checkups and preventive practices like brushing and flossing are definitely important for keeping your teeth healthy, but eating healthy can also benefit your pearly whites. If you want to better your oral health, here are five foods to try.
Foods that are Good for your Teeth
A carrot a day keeps the dentist away! Crunchy vegetables such as carrots and celery have little sugar and a variety of textures which help to dislodge food particles and plaque from your teeth. The higher the water content in the vegetables (mmm, juicy), the more they are able to “brush” or wash your teeth as you chew.
You’ve probably heard that apples are good for your teeth, but did you know pears have many of the same benefits? Rejoice, apple-haters, and pick up a pear! Pears are juicy and crunchy, providing the perfect tooth cleaning snack. Not to mention, they have acid-neutralizing bacteria to keep the delicate ecosystem inside your mouth balanced.
Whether it’s dairy milk or almond milk, the calcium and phosphorous found in milk are important in providing protection for the enamel of your teeth. If the enamel of your teeth becomes weak or easily worn, your teeth will be more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities.
Yes, onions. Though they make your breath stink, onions have anti-bacterial properties that are known for cleaning your mouth, in particular. So, remember that the next time you complain that you have onion breath.
Water is perhaps the least credited “food” that is good for your teeth. You know that staying hydrated is important for your overall healthy, but many people just don’t drink enough of it. Not to mention, drinking water during and after meals is one of the best ways to maintain good dental health. It washes away lingering acid, helps remove plaque, balances bacteria, and unsticks the sugar. If you have dry mouth, water is even more important in preventing tooth decay.
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Posted on behalf of Dr. Raymond Jone, Pacific Sky Dental
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