You really are what you eat when it comes to dental health. Acidic and sugary foods, such as candies and sodas, eat away at the teeth’s health and longevity and are one of the top food areas to avoid for a better oral health, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Use the following list of healthy foods to boost your diet and dental health.
A good source of protein and calcium with low sugar content, almonds are great for your teeth. Add a handful of almonds to your lunch and dinner, and you can also enjoy them with a salad.
Although known for its bland taste, celery is a ‘detergent’ food that scrapes away bacteria and leftover food particles between from the teeth, acting as nature’s toothbrush. Besides, it is a good source of antioxidants, vitamins A and C, giving your gums a health boost. Dip celery in peanut butter or cream cheese to add more flavor.
All cheese lovers out there now have another reason to profess their love. A study published in General Dentistry’s 2013 May/June issue states that eating cheese increased the pH level in the consumers’ mouths and decreases the risk of tooth decay. The chewing process when eating cheese is speculated to increase saliva production. It also has many nutritive benefits in the form of protein and calcium, which are known to strengthen the enamel.
While sugary foods are to be steered clear of, fruits, such as apples, are an exception. Although sweet, fruits are high in water and fiber. Eating apples trigger saliva production in the mouth that rinses away the leftover food particles, bacteria and any acidic content left behind. The fruit’s fibrous texture also stimulates the gums.
Besides focusing on the edibles, look out for what you are drinking. Drink plenty of water as it is calorie-free, and nourishes the body with minerals.