Teeth-friendly foods

Teeth-friendly foods

 

Tooth and gum problems are among the most prevalent human diseases, but not that of animals. How come?  Foods! Statistics shows that most of the US citizens have lost at least one permanent tooth. How come? Poor oral hygiene and foods! When it comes to foods, I know which is which, especially when the teeth are at stake. Those teeth that chop and smash foods mercilessly and what’s more, my mission is introducing the foods that keep their smashers (the teeth) healthy. Now, let’s get to the point. Here is a list of teeth-friendly foods and food elements for you:

 

Plain yogurt

Yogurt is rich in calcium and protein. Moreover, its useful bacteria take the decay-causing microorganisms out of your mouth.

 

Cheese

Cheese can stick to the teeth and elevate the PH of your mouth that is not a good environment for bad bacteria. It also contains calcium and protein that benefits the teeth. Cheese also increases the saliva which has anti-bacterial effects.It has caseins that along with calcium, play an important role in repairing tooth structure.

Leafy Greens

Spinach and kale are two kinds of leafy greens rich in vitamins, minerals and calcium that contribute to your oral health.Folic acid, found in green leafy vegetables, promotes a healthy mouth.

 

Crunchy fruits

Apples, pears, cucumbers, and carrots are among the crunchy fruits that their flesh and skin act as natural semi-toothbrushes, particularly if eaten after meals.These fruits are high in fiber that massages your gums and keep them healthy. They also stimulate salivary glands that rinse away your mouth bacteria.

 

Salmon

Wild salmon, sardines, and tuna are rich in minerals and important vitamins like vitamin D that prevent tooth and gum diseases. They also contain omega-3, which has proved to prevent gum diseases.

 

Celery

Celery is somehow like crunchy fruits in cleaning the teeth and stimulating the gums. It is also rich in vitamin A and C, two antioxidants that keep your gums healthy.

 

Nuts

Almonds, cashews, and Brazil nuts are rich in calcium and phosphorus protein which benefit your teeth.

 

Milk

Milk has the calcium and phosphorus needed to change the PH of the mouth and remineralize the teeth.

 

Water

Water washes out the bacteria, their acidic products, and sugars in the mouth.

 

Tea

Polyphenols found in black and green teas may keep bacterial plaque from sticking to the teeth. Tea also is rich in fluoride, which is a necessity for the healthy teeth.

 

Cranberries

Cranberries contain polyphenols that interrupt the bonding of oral bacteria before they can form plaque.

 

Raisins

Raisins are a source of phytochemicals, which fight against cavity-causing plaque bacteria.

 

Sugar substitutes

Sugar substitutes don’t feed the bacteria in the mouth. They include sorbitol, mannitol, saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, etc.

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D can reduce the cariogenic bacteria in your mouth.In addition, vitamin D has the ability to absorb calcium which is essential for your teeth. Fish, egg yolks, and cod liver oil are good sources of vitamin D.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin c is proved to keep your gums healthy by producing collagen, strengthening the local blood vessels and reducing inflammation. Oranges, strawberries, broccoli, bell peppers, kiwis, and Brussels sprouts are rich sources of vitamin C.

 

Chewing sugarless gum

Chewing sugarless gum is beneficial to your teeth as chewing helps remove food that stuck to your teeth and also increases the flow of saliva.

 

Phosphorus

Pumpkin seeds, fish, nuts, red meat, and eggs are some sources of phosphorus which is essential for the structure of the teeth.

 

Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight the bacteria that cause inflammation and periodontal diseases.Best sources of antioxidants include apples, berries, grapes, raisins, nuts, and beans.

 

Probiotics

Probiotics may prevent plaque formation and promote healthy gums.Best sources are yogurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods.

 

Polyphenols

Polyphenols can slow the growth of bacteria in your mouth. Tea, berries, flaxseed, cocoa are rich in polyphenols.

About the Author

Holam Fari   Biography Holam Fari is a professional medical researcher and writer For more information, email him at holam.f2015@gmail.com


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