Most of us know that some foods are bad for our teeth, but do you know which ones are the best for your teeth? There are many foods that can support or improve the health of your teeth and gums. Try to incorporate all these types of tooth-healthy food into your recipes.
Foods That Clean Your Teeth
Proper tooth cleaning is essential to reducing cavities and the need for dental fillings. Some foods are naturally very good at cleaning your teeth. These include your crunchy vegetables like carrots and celery, but also some mildly acidic fruits such as pineapple, strawberry, and others. Remember to rinse your mouth with water after eating acidic foods.
Foods That Provide Nutrients for Teeth
Just like other tissues in your body, your teeth need nutrition to remain healthy. There are many essential nutrients that can promote your tooth health, including:
Calcium—promotes enamel health, found in quinoa, sesame seeds, and dairy products
Vitamin D—enhances absorption of calcium, found in many types of fish and soy milk, and is usually added to milk.
Vitamin A—essential to the production of tooth enamel. It’s abundant in liver, paprika, sweet potatoes, carrots, and kale.
Vitamin C—supports the production of collagen, a structural protein that keeps your gums strong. Found in citrus fruits, of course, but also in strawberries, kiwi, and pineapple.
Minerals—many minerals play supporting roles in your tooth enamel, such as magnesium and potassium. Eating quinoa and substituting sea salt for your regular table salt can increase your mineral intake.
These are just a few of the important nutrients for your teeth, and there are many more ways to get them.
Foods That Suppress Bacteria
Tooth decay and gum disease are the result of bacteria living in your mouth. These bacteria excrete acid when they eat, which attacks your teeth and gums. Fortunately, many foods can suppress the activity of bacteria, including:
And many others. At Ascent Dental, we look after the health of your mouth as part of your overall health. Your diet is an essential contributor to both your oral health and your overall health.
To talk to one of our dentists about how diet can improve your oral health, please contact Ascent Dental in Denver, Colorado today.