Here’s some food for thought: you are what you eat. How many times have you heard that? Well, the thing is that’s true, not only for your overall health, but also specifically for your teeth.
So not only is it important to avoid food and drinks that stain or damage your gum and teeth, but also to ingest those which can actually help keeping them clean and healthy.
When choosing what to eat or drink, bear in mind these key factors: chewing, saliva production and staining.
Fruits and vegetables that force you to chew are like “natural toothbrushes”. Apples, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, apples and celery are all good for you. Chewing these helps to remove food particles and bacteria from your teeth and gums, preventing the build-up of plaque and teeth decay.
On the other hand, if teeth staining is to be avoided, you probably should stay away from drinks like coffee, tea or wine. Sodas are also the worst enemy of teeth, because they’re packed with sugar and stain your teeth. They contribute for enamel erosion due to the gas in them, and the great amounts of sugar can lead to cavities.
Say cheese! If you’ve heard this expression, let me tell you there’s a lot more to it. Cheese makes for a beautiful smile specially if you eat it: the calcium keeps your teeth strong and research suggest its chewing leads to high pH levels, which means less chances for bacteria to survive.
Nuts are great for your overall diet, but they are specially helpful in oral health. Since they have a high protein content, they help to strengthen teeth and because they makes us chew so much, they help us produce more saliva, which helps to clean the teeth.
In the end, balance is the key. Having a healthy diet is a good way to make sure you have good teeth, but eating something sweet every now and then won’t make matters worse, as long as you maintain proper oral hygiene.
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