“If you want healthy teeth, avoid coffee!” “If you want healthy teeth, avoid candy and gum!”
Sometimes, it feels like everything we eat and drink is harmful to our teeth and gums. Are there any foods out there that actually do your teeth and gums good?
There are in fact! Unfortunately, the foods that help us get a beautiful smile won’t be found in the candy aisle of the grocery store.
But, you’ll be surprised to find out that there are many tasty, everyday foods that can do wonders for your smile and your oral health in general.
Read on to learn about five of them.
1. Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables
The old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” can be used for dentists as well. (Save for your regular checkup of course!)
That’s right, munching on an apple or any other sort of crunchy fruit or vegetable can actually be extremely healthy for your teeth and help give you a beautiful smile.
This works in two ways. First, the hard texture of the fruits and vegetables actually helps scrape off bacteria from your teeth that cause plaque. Second, the crunchy texture of these foods causes you to chew a lot. All of this chewing helps your mouth produce saliva that neutralizes bacteria.
2. Go Nuts
Many people eat nuts simply because they are tasty and they make for a great snack on the go.
But, this small snack packs a lot of punch. Nuts are actually good for your heart health and your oral health.
Many nuts contain phosphorus and calcium that help strengthen your teeth and give you a beautiful smile.
Brazil nuts and cashews are known for helping get rid of bacteria that cause tooth decay. And almonds contain a good amount of protein and calcium to strengthen your teeth.
However, be wary of nut butters. A lot of these contain added sugars that aren’t doing your teeth any favors.
3. Pass the Cheese Please
Do you go a little crazy over cheese plates at holiday parties?
Well, you’ll be happy to know that you’re actually doing your teeth some good (although maybe not your waistline!).
Cheese is an excellent source of phosphorus and calcium–both of which are necessary for building teeth enamel. In fact, some studies even support that cheese can help prevent cavities and tooth decay.
4. Get Down With Garlic
Looks like it’s time to whip up a batch of garlic bread.
Garlic contains antimicrobial properties that help fight tooth decay.
Chewing on a clove of garlic can also help relieve toothaches and build up the immunity to fight any teeth infections.
Of course, no one wants to walk around with garlic breath all day. Luckily, you can follow up your garlic with some ginger, as ginger helps eliminate bacteria in the mouth and fight bad breath.
5. Dark Chocolate
That’s right, not all candy is horrible for your teeth.
Dark chocolate can help fight tooth decay, prevent cavities, and even prevent plaque build up.
To reap the benefits, make sure you choose a dark chocolate that contains at least 70 percent cocoa content. Some generic brands will label their chocolate as “dark” even though the cocoa percentage is low.
Eat Your Way to a Beautiful Smile
While adding these foods to your diet can certainly help your teeth and gums, eating is of course not the only way to improve your oral health.
To achieve a beautiful smile, the first step is always prevention. Check out our preventative services today and contact us if you’d like to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.