Once our baby teeth are gone, we are dealt one pair of teeth intended to last a lifetime. Considering how much drinking, eating, snacking, chewing, munching and crunching we do each day, it’s pretty impressive that anything could sustain all that and still be functioning. But, shower your teeth with sugars and acids and they might not last so long. It’s so important to choose the right foods to benefit your teeth health. Here are ten foods that will work to keep those pearly whites in tip-top shape.
Apples high fiber content helps clean the mouth by literally scrubbing the teeth and encouraging saliva flow, which neutralizes tooth-damaging acids. Apples are a great food to munch on after you eat, especially after eating sticky carbohydrates, because they remove the food from the teeth. Plus, the Vitamin C in the fruit keeps your gums powerful by promoting collagen regeneration.
Celery has natural fibers that work to keep the teeth clean and like apples, help to produce saliva. Their high water content helps offset sugar content in other foods, so when you’re noshing on dip, pair it with celery rather than chips or crackers that will cling to your teeth. Celery is also Vitamin C packed, which helps act as an anti-inflammatory in your gums.
Crunchy vegetables help clean gums and carrots have fibers within them that will clean your teeth for you. They are the perfect snack to tag along to work because the natural sugars in carrots will give you an energy boost and you won’t have to brush your teeth afterwards. Carrots are also rich in Vitamin A which keeps your gums and skin healthful and cancer-free.
Like other crunchy vegetables, radishes provide a scrubbing action on your teeth and gums keeping them clean after sticky foods. But they are also rich in sulphur and silicon that promotes the regeneration of connective tissue in our bones, skin and gums. Sulphur is also a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory and encourages good bacterial flora.
5. Onions (raw)
Onions contain antibacterial sulfur compounds that kill various types of bacteria in the mouth, especially when eaten raw.
Kale is rich in fiber that helps clean the teeth, and it also has a good amount of calcium which promotes teeth strength. Kale is also high in flavonoids, which possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits and helps fight gum disease.
7. Xylitol gum
Picking any sugarfree gum over regular gum is a huge step in the right direction towards teeth & gum health, but xylitol gum is specifically beneficial. Gum helps scrub the teeth of sugars and sticky food leftovers and stimulates saliva production but xylitol- which is a completely natural sugar substitute coming from plants- also works against the type of bacteria that causes tooth decay.
8. Green Tea
Green Tea contains polyphenols- compounds that either kills or suppresses plaque-causing bacteria and stops it from growing and creating the acid that attacks teeth. Green tea also contains fluoride that strengthens enamel and promotes healthy teeth.
Besides being a healthier, sugar-free alternative to other snacks, nuts are also packed with vitamins and minerals that support teeth health. Almonds are packed with calcium that helps teeth and gums, cashews help clean teeth and stimulate saliva, and walnuts are full of minerals that have anti-inflammatory benefits and keep teeth & gums strong and healthy.
10. Sesame seeds
Sesame seeds are another item high in teeth-strengthening calcium but they also reduce plaque and help build tooth enamel.
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