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10 Superfoods For Your Teeth
As we all know a balanced diet is essential for your health. The first area to decline as a result of a poor diet is your oral health. This is because poor diets are normally high in sugar which can cause cavities in teeth and can lead to gum disease. Acidic drinks such as carbonated drinks can also lead to erosion of teeth.
Foods rich in Vitamin A and D are good for dental health and calcium and phosphorous help aid remineralisation of enamel thereby helping to prevent cavity formation.
Here’s a few foods that you should definitely add into your diet for strong, healthy teeth.
- Cheese. This is a great source of calcium which is great for teeth and bones. Cheese also helps neutralise acid produced by those decay causing bacteria and it helps to promote saliva production which thereby helps to wash away food particles and harmful bacteria.
- Yoghurt (sugar free obviously!). Not only does this contain calcium and protein, but it is also a source of probiotics (good bacteria) which helps keep those bad bacteria at bay!
- Leafy Greens such as kale and spinach. They contain calcium and folic acid. Folic acid helps the body produce and maintain new, healthy cells. They are also full of Vitamin K which is great for bone health.
- Apples help increase the saliva in your mouth therefore washing away the harmful acid which causes cavities. Apples are also quite rough and can help “scrub” the teeth but are definitely not a substitute for good oral hygiene!
- Tea. Both green and black teas contain compounds called polyphenols that attack the harmful bacteria in your mouth responsible for decay and gum disease.
- Nuts are a great source of calcium, phosphorous and protein but do take care as they can also cause chipping of the teeth if they are too hard!
- Mushrooms are a natural source of Vitamin D which aids the absorption of calcium which in turn strengthens teeth and bones.
- Xylitol is a sweetener found in many sugarless gums. Not only does it help kill the harmful bacteria in your mouth but chewing gum also increases saliva production so you get double the benefits!
- Milk provides calcium, phosphates and Vitamin D which is essential for healthy teeth and strong bones.
- Water. Saliva is 99.5% water so maintaining good levels of water within the body is necessary to ensure that saliva is of the right constituency to break down food properly, neutralise acid and helps prevent bad breath.