A modern take on proper oral hygiene goes beyond ‘brushing twice a day’ and ‘avoiding sugar’. Paired with a proper oral care routine a diet with foods beneficial to your teethes health is imperative if you plan on keeping your teeth long term.
Research indicates that antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts may strengthen immunity and improve the body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, all of which can help protect the teeth and gums. And some foods and dietary habits even have distinct effects on the mouth’s ability to handle cavity-causing bacteria spikes.
- Calcium-fortified juices, milk and other dairy products are rich in calcium and vitamin D and help promote healthy teeth and bones, reducing the risk for tooth loss. Adding powdered milk to cooked dishes helps those who don’t like milk or cheese to get some of the calcium needed to protect teeth and jawbones.
- Cheese unleashes a burst of calcium that mixes with plaque and sticks to the teeth, protecting them from the acid that causes decay and helping to rebuild tooth enamel on the spot.
- Crisp fruits and raw vegetables, like apples, carrots and celery, help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.
- Vitamin C, and other nutrients from fruits and vegetables help protect gums and other tissues from cell damage and bacterial infection.
- Fresh cranberries, interrupt the bonding of oral bacteria before they can form damaging plaque.
- Folic acid, found in leafy greens(deltadentalins.com).
Water is also a great agent in the fight for oral health! Water is as effective as mouthwash at swishing away stuck particles and residue from teeth. It also keeps your gums hydrated while stimulating saliva – a great defense against bacteria.
It is possible to eat your way to a cleaner mouth. So try these everyday foods to maintain your oral hygiene.
For more information on your oral health, contact Dr. James Yankowskas and make an appointmentat (978) 649-7773 or visit our website.
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