You probably know which foods are bad for you teeth (all those naughty sugary drinks and snacks), but did you know that some foods can actually be good for your teeth?
In this article, our National Dental Care dentists have outlined the top six foods that will keep your teeth healthy and happy.
Cheese, milk and other dairy foods are great for tooth health as they all contain calcium. Calcium is a key component of the mineral hydroxyapatite, which helps strengthen and protect teeth enamel.
Casein, the main protein in dairy products, also plays an important role in repairing damaged enamel and keeping teeth healthy.
Say ‘yes’ to salmon
Fatty fish such as salmon or mackerel are a good source of Vitamin D, and Vitamin D is great for teeth, too.
Vitamin D is essential for the absorption and use of calcium within the body. The healthy fats found in these types of fish are also important for brain health, so include them in your regular diet.
Crunchy fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables have a high water concentration, which makes them ideal for healthy teeth. The high water content, combined with the extra chewing required, promotes saliva production.
Saliva helps dilute the sugar content in foods, and the chewing action also acts as a scrub for your teeth while you eat.
Snack on strawberries
You might be surprised to see strawberries on a list of foods that are good for your teeth, given their acidity. But strawberries are high in Vitamin C, and Vitamin C is good for gum health.
Strawberries also contain an enzyme known as malic acid, a natural tooth whitener.
While strawberries are good for your overall oral health, it is still a good idea to follow them up with a swish of water to prevent any excess acid coming into contact with your teeth.
While not technically a food, sugar-free gums are fabulous for teeth as they promote saliva production. Saliva helps to remove acids and debris from the tooth surface.
Chewing sugar-free gum after meals is a good way to protect your teeth and keep them healthy.
Wash it down with water
It’s no surprise that water is a good choice for healthy teeth. Water helps remove debris from teeth and maintain good levels of saliva. It is also a good choice in place of less tooth-friendly drinks such as coffee, soft drink or high-sugar fruit juices. Rinsing your mouth with water following meals is a worthwhile habit for healthy teeth.
Healthy food = healthy teeth
When it comes to keeping your teeth healthy, what you eat is just as important as what you avoid. Choose teeth-friendly foods as part of your everyday diet and practice good oral health daily.
And remember, get your teeth checked twice at year to keep them clean and healthy. You can book at your National Dental Care practice now.