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.
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.
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.