We’ve all heard a lot of information about foods that contribute to tooth decay and other oral health problems, but did you know that there are many foods that promote oral health and are good for your teeth? It’s true – while some foods feed plaque, others actually help fight plaque build-up. Following are five of some of the best foods that contain ingredients that promote positive oral hygiene.
Green teas and black teas: Both of these types of teas contain substances called polyphenols, which are known to interact with the bacteria in plaque. They actually kill or at the very least, suppress the bacteria and also prevent them from producing acid that attacks your teeth
Cheese, plain yogurt, and similar dairy products: You’ve probably already heard that the calcium in milk and dairy items are good for the teeth and other bones in your body, but there are other ways these foods promote oral health as well. Cheese is actually a saliva generator, and saliva is actually a great natural defense against cavities and gum disease. In addition, the calcium and phosphates found in dairy products replace lost minerals in your teeth, keeping them strong.
Chewing gum – the sugarless kind: Sugarless gum is one of the foods that are good for your teeth because it not only will stimulate that cleaning saliva in your mouth, but will also help remove food particles as well.
Foods that are rich in fiber: The foods that contain fiber actually have a detergent-like effect in your mouth, according to the ADA (American Dental Association). These foods stimulate saliva; after about 20 minutes, your saliva starts to neutralize the enzymes and acids from foods that attack your teeth. Since there are traces of calcium and phosphates in saliva, too, minerals are also restored to areas of the teeth that are deficient in them.
Foods with fluoride: Fluoridated drinking water, dehydrated soups, and even low-sugar powdered juices help your teeth, too. There are some foods like poultry products, seafood and powdered cereals that also may have fluoride to strengthen your teeth.
For more information on foods that are good for your teeth, along with foods you should limit for good oral health, contact us at Enchanting Dentistry!