When we think about choosing the right foods, we often think of what’s healthy for our bodies or what might help us lose weight. While it’s great to think of your body’s overall health, it’s very important to add some tooth-friendly cuisine to your diet.
The overall health of teeth is not at the top of most people’s priority list, and that’s mostly because people tend to think that brushing teeth twice a day is all that’s needed to keep them in good shape. That’s not true. Your teeth fight against plaque and bacteria every day, and several of the things you probably drink and eat regularly make it harder for your teeth to remain strong and healthy. So, along with brushing and flossing, choose a few tooth-friendly foods and beverages to help your teeth fight against cavities.
Both black and green tea help slow the growth of bacteria in your mouth. Drinking a cup of tea a day can help your teeth fight against cavities and gum disease by decreasing the bacterial growth that often causes these problems. And, as a bonus, these two teas are also a great tool against bad breath.
Celery, raw carrots, and apples help clean your teeth. Throughout the day, your teeth gather plaque that needs to be cleaned off. Eating crunchy food is a great way to help scrub your teeth of the harmful plaque buildup between brushes.
Good news for all the cheese lovers out there: cheddar cheese helps to lower the acid levels within your mouth! The calcium and protein found within cheese is also a great health boost when it comes to tooth enamel.
Add a salad or some kale to your diet to help build tooth enamel. A few other delicious foods that help with tooth enamel are meat, eggs, and fish.
If you’re a fan of sugary foods, drink a glass of milk after consuming sugary snacks to help reduce the acid these treats tend to create. You should still keep the sweets to a minimum for healthy teeth, though.
At Henson Family Dental, we care about the health of your teeth and hope that these food tips will help you create a habit of caring for your teeth throughout the day. We believe everyone deserves the top dental care without breaking the bank, which is why we offer flexible payments and accept most insurances. Our wide variety of services – from general cleaning and preventative care to complicated restorative treatments and cosmetic care – means we can care for you, no matter your needs.