Our body is a complex machine. What we eat, definitely affects our general health and the health of our teeth and gums. As you’re likely to be aware, the more you indulge in sweet and sugary food and drinks, you are more likely to develop tooth decay. Tooth decay happens when plaque come into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth.
Use this healthy foods list to improve your diet and the health of your mouth.
Cheese. Eating cheese raises the pH in your mouth (reduces acid levels) and lowers the risk of tooth decay. It’s thought that the chewing required to eat cheese increases saliva in the mouth. Cheese also contains calcium and protein, nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel.
Yogurt. Yogurt is high in calcium and protein, which makes it a good pick for the strength and health of your teeth. However, you must ensure it’s natural yoghurt without added sugar.
Leafy Greens. Leafy greens typically find their way onto any healthy foods list. They’re full of vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. Leafy greens such as kale and spinach also promote oral health. They’re high in calcium, which builds your teeth’s enamel.
Apples. Fruits, such as apples, might be sweet, but they’re also high in fibre and water. The action of eating an apple produces saliva in your mouth, which rinses away bacteria and food particles. The fibrous texture of the fruit also stimulates the gums.
Carrots. Like apples, carrots are crunchy and full of fibre. Eating a handful of raw carrots at the end of the meal increases saliva production in your mouth, which reduces your risk of cavities
Celery. Celery might get a bad reputation for being bland, watery and full of those pesky strings, but like carrots and apples, it acts a bit like a toothbrush, scraping food particles and bacteria away from your teeth. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and C, two antioxidants that give the health of your gums a boost.
Almonds. Almonds are great for your teeth because they are a good source of calcium and protein while being low in sugar.
You are what you eat. Your diet makes a big difference when it comes to a healthy smile. It’s very important to be aware that many food contain what are called hidden sugars and are often promoted as healthy on the packaging, but contain large amounts of sugar which are harmful to your teeth. Examples are flavoured yoghurts, cereal bars and breakfast cereals and smoothies.
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