Teeth Friendly Foods

We all know that the things we eat affect us in all kinds of different ways. One of the ways that you might be less familiar with is the health and appearance of your teeth. Although they’re made up of a material that you can’t find anywhere else on your body, to a degree your teeth still rely on what you eat and drink to provide them necessary nutrients. If you’re striving for healthy teeth or looking to provide your teeth with a little added fortification then consider incorporating the following items into your diet!

More Milk

There’s only truth behind the old “milk builds strong bones and teeth.” Your teeth need calcium more than anything else, and milk contains plenty of it! Calcium helps prevent periodontal disease and aids your enamel in protecting your teeth.

  • Opt for a 1-2% milk. It provides all the needed calcium without all the extra fat.
  • If you’re having trouble getting a younger member of your family to drink milk, or you yourself aren’t fond of the taste, consider chocolate! Some chocolate milk stir-in powders, like Nesquick, include added vitamins and calcium making them all the better for you!

Salmon

Salmon is a natural source of Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body absorb and utilize the calcium you take in. People who are Vitamin D deficient are vulnerable to osteoporosis and other bone and teeth disorders. People with lower bone mass (side effect of Vitamin D deficiency) are much more likely to suffer from periodontal disease.

  • In addition to the Vitamin D salmon can offer you, it’s also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, good for your heart’s health.
  • If you find yourself incapable of working Vitamin D into your diet through a naturally occurring source, like salmon, consider taking a Vitamin D supplement.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus Fruits

Citrus Fruits

What a shock! Although you may have heard that citrus fruits have a higher acidity level and can damage your teeth’s enamel, the tarter fruits offer plenty of dental health benefits. Given that you don’t overconsume and rinse your mouth out with water following consumption, you can incorporate citrus fruits into your diet to help your teeth’s health.

  • Oranges act to strengthen and blood vessels and gum tissues.
  • The Vitamin C many citrusy fruits contain reduce inflammation and accordingly make you less likely to develop periodontal disease.
  • Half a cup of strawberries can contain almost all the Vitamin C you’ll need in a day.

Firm/Crunchy Produce

Firm or crunchy produce including celery, apples, pears, carrots, cucumbers and sprouts have a higher water content than other fruits and vegetables. Because they contain more water they stimulate your salivary glands. More spit is always good! Saliva helps wash food debris from your teeth and dilutes the effects of sugars contained in many foods.

  • The more saliva you produce the less likely you are to experience cavities or any tooth decay.
  • While it’s good to incorporate these water-filled items into your diet, you can just as easily benefit from, well, water! Pour yourself a glass, keep your mouth moist and your teeth healthy!

Dr. Arzegar of the Lifetime Smiles incorporates a variety of foods in his diet to achieve dental health.

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