Foods for healthy teeth

Thursday, February 21, 2019

You know soda and hard candy harm teeth, but what if you could improve your oral health with food? 

Turns out you can! These foods give your floss and toothbrush an assist.

Cheese

We’re starting with the best one. Cheese helps prevent cavities. It contains calcium, protein, and phosphorus, which builds enamel. It also raises the pH in the mouth, more than milk or yogurt. A pH level above 5.5 decreases risk of tooth decay. 

Apples, celery, and carrots

Crunchy, water-based foods act like a toothbrush, clearing food particles and bacteria. They also deliver fiber, which stimulates saliva, a natural mouth cleaner. Some superfoods for your teeth contain acids or sugars. Be sure to rinse with water after eating. Sugarless gum can also help stimulate saliva to clear away residue.

Leafy greens

You knew this was coming because leafy greens are good for everything. They’re packed full of vitamins and minerals that keep your teeth healthy from the inside out. Calcium is particularly important for teeth.

Meat, eggs, and fish

Meaty foods are high in phosphorus and protein that help strengthen teeth, enamel, and the jaw bone. 

Cranberries and tea

Polyphenols, found in cranberries and tea, are micronutrients that give plants their color. They have a long list of benefits to the body. In the mouth, polyphenols prevent plaque from sticking, are antioxidants, and fight inflammation. They’ve also been shown to prevent oral cancer, and tooth decay

One last thing

In addition to healthy habits at home, a dental checkup is key to care. Get tips on how to use your dental plan

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