We’ve all heard a diet high in citric acid or processed sugars, is bad for our teeth—but what foods support healthy teeth and gums? There are many foods that help to promote healthy levels of bacteria, and that deliver the vitamins and nutrients your teeth really need. Make a conscious effort to add more of these foods and beverages to your diet.
Calcium helps to maintain and restore your teeth’s protective layer, the enamel. Aim to consume at least 2 to 3 servicing of calcium-rich foods each and every day. This includes cheese, milk, eggs, and calcium supplements.
In order to properly absorb calcium, you must also consume a healthy level of vitamin D. fish and eggs are both an excellent source, but 10 minutes a day in direct sunlight can do the trick too. It doesn’t even have to be warm, or super sunny!
Foods and beverages containing polyphenols compounds help to slow the growth of cavity-causing bacteria. This includes green tea, black tea, flaxseed meal, cloves, and oregano.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It also helps to produce gum-healthy collagen. If you have inflamed gums, kick your vitamin C intake up a notch. Citrus, red peppers, kale, and broccoli are all excellent sources of vitamin C.
Crisp And Crunchy Foods
While chewing, hard candies increase your risk for chipped or broken teeth, eating crisp and crunchy foods works as a mid-day, all-natural method of controlling dental plaque. Think crisp vegetables, such as carrots, celery, apples, and cucumber.
Water and herbal teas really should be your primary source of hydration. Sipping coffee all day expose your tooth enamel to acid, and if it has flavoring—also to sugar. Water flushes away pesky food particles and is packed full of plaque-busting minerals. Or at least switch to a sugar-free green or black tea.
Tooth-Friendly Food List
If you are interested in a more comprehensive tooth-friendly food list, add more of the foods below to your daily diet:
- Hard cheese
- Dark leafy greens
- Unsweetened herbal teas
- Whole grains
Don’t Forget The Triple Bristle!
While there are plenty of plaque-busting foods on the list above, there is nothing that can replace your daily brushing and flossing.
The Triple Bristle sonic toothbrush elevates your daily oral care, by effectively engaging your gum line—and polishing your teeth. Impress your dentist at your next exam, with superior at-home clean!