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Aug 21

The Best Foods To Eat For Your Teeth

What you eat and drink may have a huge impact on the health of your teeth. Many people know that sugar and acids are bad for your teeth, but what about foods that can be beneficial to your teeth?  Foods that stimulate saliva, provide minerals and vitamins top our list of the best things to eat and drink for your teeth.

It’s The Water

Water is one of the easiest ways to keep saliva levels in your mouth high. Since saliva is one the best ways to prevent tooth deterioration, keeping your self well-hydrated is a great way of helping saliva’s proteins and minerals counteract the acids that can eat away at your enamel. Water also assists in rinsing away any food debris inside you mouth, helping to keep teeth clean and healthy,

Veg-tastic

Raw vegetables like carrots and celery, and leafy greens like lettuce allow your teeth to practice their grinding action, so chewing on these fibrous foods gives good resistance to your teeth. These crunchy veggies are also full of water, which can mitigate their sugar content. Celery’s fibrous strands can even naturally clean your teeth.  Carrots, broccoli, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes are also high in vitamin A, which is what forms tooth enamel.

Open Sesame

Sesame seeds are useful in “scrubbing” away and plaque. These small white seeds also help in re-mineralizing your teeth enamel. Sesame seeds are also high in calcium, which can help to keep your teeth and jaw healthy.

Got Dairy?

Cheese, milk, yogurt and a host of other dairy products (without sugar added to them) are great for your teeth in multiple ways.  The calcium in cheese stimulates saliva, and that calcium also replaces minerals that your teeth lose through other foods. Milk provides calcium as well, and also beneficial phosphates. Enriched milk may also have added vitamin D, which assists your body in using calcium.

Get Nutty

Nuts can be great for your teeth as they have tremendous amounts of fiber, folic acid calcium, and other vitamins. For instance, peanuts are a great source of calcium and vitamin D, and almonds offer good amounts of calcium, which is beneficial to teeth and gums.  Cashews are known to stimulate saliva and walnuts contain everything from fiber, folic acid, iron, thiamine, magnesium, iron, niacin, vitamin E, vitamin B6, potassium and zinc.

Be Fruitful

Fruit, especially fresh fruit, is very beneficial to your teeth as it stimulates saliva, helps cut down on plaque, and massages your gums.  One 2004 study showed that pears are an especially good choice, as they neutralize acid on teeth surfaces better then other types of fruit.  Most fruits also contain lots of vitamin C that helps hold cell bodies together which is good for your gums.

Chewing (Sugar Free) Gum

Sugar free gums that are sweetened using xylitol, a sugar extract derived from plants, actually battle against mutans streptococci, a common tooth decay bacteria. Xylitol can also be found in health stores as a sweetener. Sugarless gums of any kind also can stimulate saliva and scour teeth.


Arbor Dental Group, who are dentists in Westminster, Colorado provide a wide range of specialized dental care services and treatment.

 

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