Common knowledge tells us that eating healthy makes our bodies feel and look better, even our teeth! Taking care of your oral hygiene is crucial to taking care of our bodies, and not just brushing and flossing! There are many healthy foods for your teeth and gums, as well as providing benefits for your whole being.
- Calcium-rich foods such as nuts, cheese, kale, Brussels sprouts, or milk help protect enamel from harsh acids and keep your teeth strong. The casein in dairy can help replenish enamel even more, by providing significant protection from cavities.
- Raw fruits and vegetables: apples, celery, pears, and other crunchy produce can help wash away bacteria, you may have heard the saying “an apple is nature’s toothbrush.” These fruits and veggies also promote a healthy saliva flow.
- Many sugar-free gums contain an ingredient called Xylitol, which is itself a sweeter, but actually good for you. It reverses the normal process sugar which wears down your teeth, and instead makes them cleaner and healthier.
- Water not only keeps you hydrated, it helps to wash bacteria; and even just a quick rinse after a meal can help prevent decay!
- Tea is also a great for teeth; it contains polyphenols which helps repel plaque from your teeth, and inhibits bad-breath bacteria from forming. Many teas also contain some fluoride from the leaves, which is one of the best defenses against decay.
Part of having a healthy mouth means living a healthy life, and vice versa. Taking care of ourselves means that we can enjoy a better quality of life, and that’s even more reason to smile.