We’ve heard throughout our lives which food we need to stay away from. “Don’t eat candy” you may have heard, or “Coffee stains your teeth” or “Don’t eat that entire cake.” With all this negativity about food and teeth, you might be relieved to know that there are plenty of foods out there that are good for your teeth. In fact, you might already be consuming some of them on a daily basis! Your dentist will love you if you partake in these five foods on a regular basis!
1 – Sugarless Gum
You’ve probably heard this before, but sugarless (or sugar-free) gum can be hugely beneficial to your teeth. Chewing the gum promotes the production of saliva in your mouth which can clean off your teeth rather effectively. Gum is also a rather good adhesive, so loose particles on the teeth and plaque that gets knocked loose will stick to the gum and give your teeth a nice “cleaning.” Remember not to chew for too long! The gum can lose its adhesion, and you’ll be left chewing on a gross plaque ball, which is the opposite of what we’re trying to do.
2 – Milk
Milk makes your bones stronger and helps you grow! This adage has been told to parents and growing children everywhere, but did you know milk is also good for your teeth? Milk and other dairy products are your bodies main source of calcium. Calcium happens to be the main ingredient in a little mineral called hydroxyapatite which strengthens both bones and tooth enamel. Careful not to dilute the milk with too much syrup (although we all love chocolate milk)) or you might undo with sugar what was done with the milk!
3 – Oranges
This food might seem a little being strange on the list since fruits are sugary and can be acidic, but there is something in citrus fruits that outshines both of those; Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an incredible vitamin for your teeth. It strengthens your gums and the blood vessels inside of them. It enhances your connective tissue in your jaw and the connective tissue between your teeth and your jaw. It also helps reduce inflammation which contributes to preventing or slow the spread of gingivitis. So next time you take a bite of an orange or a grapefruit or anything else high in citrus, be sure to give it a thank you!
4 – Apples
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but in this case, so do cucumbers and carrots! Fruits and vegetables which are crunchy and take work to chew down can prove to be of high benefit to your teeth. The work that goes into chewing through these foods helps to disturb the dental plaque and smooth over your teeth. The juices from these foods combine with the crunching and help wash your teeth as you eat.
5 – Leafy Greens
Lettuce and other leafy greens act a lot like the crunchy food up above. Unlike the crunchy food they heavily promote the production of saliva in the mouth, while the leafy greens rub against the teeth and help wipe away the disturbed plaque on your teeth. It’s not unlike have a mini car-wash in your mouth that specializes in cleaning teeth. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but the point stands that a leafy green side in your meal will help to clean your teeth as you eat, just another reason to love Salad!
Many other foods help your teeth out of course, and just as many that can hurt them. Your diet will always affect your teeth and their development, and by paying attention to what you put into your mouth, you will be able to keep your teeth healthy and in fighting shape. We hope you enjoyed this and as always feel free to reach out to us by filling out the form on the right, or by calling us at the phone numbers above and below!