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When it comes to healthy teeth, we’re all familiar with the basics: brush two times a day, try to floss at least once a day and visit your dentist for a check-up every six months.
And yet, oral health is often overlooked or ignored — one survey from the U.K. even found about 7 million Britons didn’t brush their teeth regularly. Sometimes keeping on top of your oral health just means watching out for what goes in your mouth.
As you know, a tooth’s worst enemy is acid – either directly contained in the food and drink, or produced by oral bacteria which thrive on sugar and then convert it to acid. The mouth’s best friends are foods that neutralize acids, provide minerals and vitamins to repair tooth enamel and stimulate saliva.
Here we will talk about 5 healthier foods and drinks that essentially act like our mouth’s laundry detergent!
Are you really surprised with this one? When it comes to oral health, water is indispensable. It’s the primary component of saliva, and is important to both tooth and gum health.
2. Green & Black Teas
Green and black teas contain compounds called polyphenols that interact with plaque and uppress harmful bacteria, preventing them from growing or producing tooth-attacking acid. This not only helps to prevent cavities, but also reduces inflammation and the chances of gum disease.
Many nuts provide vitamins and minerals that help your teeth. These include peanuts (calcium and vitamin D), almonds (high levels of calcium that help both teeth and gums), cashews (stimulate saliva and help clean teeth) and walnuts (fibre, folic acid, iron, thiamine, magnesium, iron, niacin, vitamin E, vitamin B6, potassium and zinc).
4. Foods High in Calcium
Calcium is essential for healthy teeth. Calcium is the key ingredient in a mineral, known as hydroxyapatite, that strengthens tooth enamel as well as bones. (Teeth aren’t bones, technically, but they share some of the same properties.)
Greens like Broccoli Edamame,or Kale, Collard greens. Believe it or not, in addition to calcium this cruciferous veggie contains nearly twice the vitamin C of an orange.
5. Sugarless Gum
Chewing sugarless gums or mints after meals and snacks can help rinse harmful acid off your teeth to help you preserve tooth enamel. On the flip side, chewing gum containing sugar may actually increase your chances of developing a cavity.
Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!
Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family.
Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!