Foods To Eat To Strengthen Teeth

chocMost of the time you read about foods and drinks that are bad for your teeth and your dentist will warn you about eating sugary foods and indulgent treats, such as sweets, cakes and biscuits, but there are some foods that are actually beneficial for your teeth. Here are some suggestions:

Dairy products

Many of us are familiar with being told to drink a glass of milk at bedtime when we were little to make our teeth and bones stronger and obeying this request will serve you well in later life, as milk is an excellent source of calcium, a mineral, which is essential for strong and healthy teeth, nails and bones. It is particularly important for children and older people to take in a lot of calcium, as their bones are weaker. Other sources of calcium include butter, yoghurts and cream.

Calcium plays a number of important roles in the body and without it, there is an increased risk of bone fractures, osteoporosis and rickets.

foodFruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables contain a host of different nutrients, which are beneficial for your health. Vitamin C is important for your oral health because it aids healing and helps to keep infections at bay by keeping your immune system up and running. Good sources of vitamin C include raspberries, blueberries and strawberries, lemons, oranges and limes, peppers and leafy green vegetables.

Raw vegetables, such as celery, broccoli and carrots, are healthy snacks for your teeth, as they help to increase saliva production, which washes away food debris and bacteria and also stimulates the gums.

Eggs, nuts and oily fish

Eggs, nuts and oily fish are a good source of vitamin D, which is essential for healthy teeth. Vitamin D allows the body to use calcium and is therefore very important for maintaining strong bones and teeth. You get most of your vitamin D through exposure to natural sunlight, but it can also be found in foods.

Sugar-free chewing gum

Chewing sugar-free chewing gum helps to swill your mouth out after eating by increasing the amount of saliva in the mouth; it can also help to neutralise strong flavours and odours, to help you combat bad breath. Try to look out for gum that contains xylitol, a sugar derived from plants, which helps to combat tooth decay.

Green tea

Green tea is packed with antioxidants and studies have shown that people who drink green tea on a regular basis are much less likely to develop decay and gum disease than those who never drink green tea.

waterWater

Water is the best thing you can drink for good health; it has a number of essential roles within the body and it keeps you hydrated and your body ticking over; water is important for oral health because it keeps your mouth moist and helps to wash away bacteria and bits of food, which may later combine to form plaque, the major cause of gum disease and dental decay.

Foods to avoid

Your dentist will be able to explain which foods to have less of. If you are struggling you should consider dental advice at Sensu. Most people know that eating sweets and munching on chocolate bars is not good for their teeth, but you may be surprised to learn that some ‘healthy’ foods are also bad news for your teeth. Acidic foods, such as salad dressing and fruit juices are harmful for oral health because they attack and wear down the protective enamel surfaces of the teeth; often, fruit juice that you buy from coffee shops or supermarkets also contains a lot of sugar.