You are what you eat, and this also goes for your teeth and gums. What you put into your body directly affects the surfaces of your teeth, so when you partake in sugary sweets, for example, you’re adding a layer of bacteria-causing plaque which can lead to tooth decay and trigger inflammation in your mouth. To keep your teeth strong and healthy, start by being mindful of the foods you consume. Making the right choices can make all the difference for not only your oral health, but your overall health.
Here are some of the best foods for a healthy mouth:
- Dairy products. Milk, yogurt and cheese promote saliva production, which is an excellent defense against gum disease and tooth decay. Saliva contains calcium and phosphate, which restores minerals to your teeth when you eat sugar foods that contain bacterial acids.
- Tea. Both green and black teas are rich in polyphenols that either kill or deter the onset of bacteria, which can produce acid that damages your teeth.
- Raisins. This sugar-free snack is an excellent source of phytochemicals which help kill cavity-causing bacteria.
- Sugar-free gum. Chewing gum that is sugarless is another great way to produce saliva to wash away food particles from your mouth.
- Fluoridated water. Any product that contains fluoride is a good guy for your teeth. Use fluoridated drinking water to prepare powdered drinks (as long as the sugar content is low) or dehydrated soups.
- Crunchy foods. Carrots, apples and celery require a great deal of crunching and chewing, which can serve as a sort of natural toothbrush. Crunching away on these food disrupts the plaque that resides on your teeth and helps eliminate bacteria.
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