Healthy Foods for Healthy Teeth
We all know that brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly are great ways to look after your pearly whites. But are you aware that eating right can help keep your teeth strong and healthy? What’s more, which foods are healthy foods for healthy teeth?
Below is our list of healthy foods for healthy teeth. Adding in a few different foods from the different categories below can be some simple lifestyle changes that will look after you teeth day-to-day.
Calcium rich foods strengthen tooth enamel, meaning that both cheese and milk are great for your teeth. In addition, if you eat something sweet, the sugar can stay in your mouth causing your pH to become more acidic. Milk neutralises your pH, which means that drinking a glass of milk after eating the sweet stuff might help reduce cavities and plaque. Studies have shown similar effects with cheese.
Water water, there’s a pea in my soup
Watery foods, like celery and cucumber keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. The crunchiness in celery stimulates your gums and the water content means that your oral pH will be at a good level. Of course, a good old simple glass of water is also a great way to look after your teeth.
Foods rich in Vitamin D are great for your teeth as this vitamin can help decrease inflammation in gums which is associated with periodontal (gum) disease. Whilst sunshine is the best way to get vitamin D, you can get it from fish, eggs, cod liver oils and vitamin D supplements. Crescent have licenced Calcium and Ergocalciferol (which means calcium and vitamin d!) meaning you can get two of the healthy vitamins needed for your teeth. Ask at your pharmacist and always read the leaflet.
C, you can have more of your favourites!
Vitamin C, found in oranges, kiwi, strawberry and broccoli, can be good for you gum health and we all know that healthy gums are needed for healthy teeth! What’s more, strawberries contain natural enamel whitener meaning a healthy and chemical-free way to improving your smile.
Instead of Chew-bacca, Chew-gum
Saliva neutralises plaque acids whilst helping repair early tooth decay. Therefore, chewing sugar free gum is an easy way to take care of those pearly whites and help prevent tooth decay. Chewing gum increases the production of saliva so if you are out and about you can keep on track with your oral care routine.
Writing this post has certainly given us food for thought! The NHS have some more handy lifestyle tips on healthy foods for healthy teeth that you can read here.