Regardless of where you live in the country, everyone needs to see someone for the care of his or her teeth. A smile is worth a thousand words. There’s another old saying that goes something like, “An apple a day keeps the dentist away”, but this isn’t the complete picture. There’s a whole host of foods that are excellent for, not only your body, but also your smile. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental care and checkups are important but there are things you can add to your daily diet that well help you keep your mouth free from cavities and germs.
Keeping a healthy smile is difficult because every time you eat sugary or starch laden foods, bacteria and plaque will build up in your mouth and begin decaying your teeth. Plaque is nothing but an acidy bacterium and there are foods that are excellent at naturally fighting these types of germs. They can remove plaque, strengthen the enamel of your teeth, and improve the quality of your breath at the same time.
Below is a list of some of these foods.
CELERY goes a long way towards protecting your teeth. It does this in two main ways. First, the extra chewing that goes along with eating this veggie causes increased amounts of saliva, which neutralizes the bacteria, streptococcus mutans. This is the very same type of bacteria that causes cavities. It also massages the gums and cleans between the teeth. Do it once a day and snack on a handful of raw celery. Carrots also provide the same benefit.
CHEESE is an unlikely candidate for heath given its high fat content but many studies have show that cheese, with its high calcium and phosphate properties, provides many benefits for your teeth. It helps to balance your mouth’s pH, which will limit the growth of cavity causing bacteria. Cheese also preserves and rebuilds tooth enamel. Don’t eat too much. Just the daily recommended amount because eating too much of it will be bad for your health given that it is high in fat.
KIWIS, for their comparative size, have more vitamin C than any other fruit. One large kiwi supplies the body with more than the total daily requirement of vitamin C. Research has shown that the collagen in your gums breaks down over time, which can make your gums tender and more susceptible to bacteria. Kiwis help combat this issue and eating just one of these a day will go a long way.
There are other preventative foods like green tea, parsley, and raw onions that also help to keep your teeth clean, white, and cavity free. Look into other alterative food options to improve the quality of your smile. It’s important to note that you still should look to the care of professional dentistry for the more comprehensive care of your mouth but these are just a few pointers to help you between visits.