We talk a lot about how important a good diet is for maintaining a healthy and happy mouth, but it’s time we explore what that means. By making sure you’re getting these 10 things, you’ll be protecting your smile. Because when it comes to your mouth, you really are what you eat.
Cheese. There are so many reasons to love cheese, and being a tooth-friendly superfood is just one of them! Cheese is rich in calcium and protein and it reduces the acidity of other foods. This delicious dairy raises the pH in your mouth and lowers your risk of tooth decay.
Lean Protein. Poultry, fish, eggs and lean cuts of meat are great for staying healthy and fit, but the protein and phosphorus they provide are great for keeping your teeth in shape, too. Phosphorus helps protect your enamel and the vitamin B3 found in chicken and fish is good for your teeth and gums.
Leafy Greens. There’s a reason why health-conscious folks eat greens. Full of vitamins and minerals and low in calories? Yes, please! Kale and spinach are high in calcium and folic acid, which has been shown to help the gums of pregnant women.
Oranges. Orange you surprised? While orange may be a citrus fruit, they’re packed with vitamin C which helps to strengthen your blood vessels and connective tissue. It can even slow down the progression of gum disease!
Fruits & Veggies. High-fiber fruits and veggies such as apples, carrots or celery are the next best thing if you don’t have a toothbrush handy. The fibers in the structures of these snacks actually ‘scrub’ the teeth in a way similar to your toothbrush. In addition to their texture, fruits and veggies are also high in water, which helps to hydrate your mouth to rinse away bacteria and food particles.
Green & Black Tea. While not a food, tea has just as many important benefits to offer your mouth as the rest of these foods. These teas can help inhibit the growth of bacteria, and green teas offer antioxidants that benefit your overall health.
Milk. Not to be lumped in with cheese, milk brings its own unique benefits to the table. Calcium, protein and vitamin D work in sweet harmony to satisfy your body’s cravings. Vitamin D actually helps the body to better absorb calcium.
Almonds. These snacks are good raw, roasted or salted, but it’s the calcium and protein combo that make almonds stand out above the rest. Enjoy a quarter cup as a snack with your lunch and don’t worry, they’re also low in sugar!
Chocolate. Bet you weren’t expecting to see this on the list! But in fact, chocolate that boasts at least 70% cacao can be a superfood for your teeth. Dark chocolate has a compound called CBH that hardens tooth enamel, making your teeth strong and less likely to decay. Just make sure to enjoy in moderation.
Wellness is multifaceted and a good diet is just one of several steps you can take toward improving your oral and overall health. Combined with regular brushing, flossing and dental visits, you’ll be well on your way to a healthy smile you can rely on.