When it comes to the health of your teeth, you really are what you eat. Sugary foods, such as sweets and fizzy drinks, help contribute to tooth decay. One of the first areas to decline when your diet is less than ideal is your oral health (American Dental Association (ADA)). Check out our top choices:
Eating cheese raises the pH in your mouth and lowers the risk of tooth decay. It’s thought that the amount of chewing required to eat cheese increases saliva in the mouth. Cheese also contains calcium and protein, nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel.
Like cheese, yogurt is high in calcium and protein, which makes it a good pick for the strength and health of your teeth. The probiotics, found in yogurt also benefit your gums because the good bacteria over crowd the bad bacteria that cause cavities.
Leafy greens are the topic of most fitness fanatics for all the right reasons. 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.
While we recommend steering clear of most sweet foods, there are some exceptions. Fruits, such as apples, might be sweet but they’re also high in fibre and water. The action of eating an apple produces extra saliva in your mouth, which rinses away bacteria and food particles. The fibrous texture of the fruit also stimulates the gums.
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.
Your diet makes a big difference when it comes to a healthy smile.
If you would like more information about what type of foods are good for your teeth, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Boyne and we can arrange a consultation for you with one of our dentists.