5 Great Foods For Your Teeth by The Bristol Dental Practice
In last months post we looked at the 5 worst foods for your teeth. Now that you know which foods can stain or weaken your teeth, it’s time to focus on those that can help prevent or even reverse this dental damage. The good news is, if you eat a healthy diet you’re probably already getting plenty of them, since many of the same foods that are good for our bodies in general—like vegetables—are also good for our teeth.
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Great Foods For Your Teeth – Sugar Free Chewing Gum
Sugar-free chewing gum helps clean teeth by stimulating the production of saliva. Saliva is nature’s way of washing away acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth, and it also bathes the teeth in bone-strengthening calcium and phosphate. In addition, many varieties of sugarless gum are sweetened with xylitol, an alcohol that reduces bacteria.
You might want to stick with mint flavours, however. One 2011 study suggests that the acid used to create certain fruit flavors could damage teeth, though only slightly.
Great Foods For Your Teeth- Water
As well as being good for your diet, great for weight loss and probably the most thirst quenching of all drinks – water is great fro your teeth.
Water, like saliva, helps wash sugars and acid off teeth. It also contains fluoride, a mineral that protects against tooth erosion and is found in toothpaste and some mouthwashes.
Fluoride occurs naturally in water (including some bottled spring water), and most tap water in the United Kingdom is also fortified with it.
Great Foods For Your Teeth – Milk
Milk and other dairy products are the primary dietary source of calcium, which is essential for healthy teeth. Calcium is the key ingredient in a mineral, known as hydroxyapatite, that strengthens tooth enamel as well as bones. (Teeth aren’t bones, technically, but they share some of the same properties.)
Dairy products—especially cheese—also contain casein, a type of protein. Research suggests that caseins, along with calcium, play an important role in stabilising and repairing tooth enamel.
Great Foods For Your Teeth – High Fibre Foods
Leafy vegetables and other high-fibre foods promote good digestion and healthy cholesterol levels, and they also do wonders for your teeth—mostly because they require a lot of chewing.
Eating a bowl of spinach or beans is a bit like running your teeth through a car wash: All that chewing generates saliva, and the food itself physically scrubs your teeth as it’s mashed up into little pieces.
High Fibre Foods include the following:
- Wholemeal or wholewheat bread, biscuits and flour.
- Fruit and vegetables. …
- Wholegrain breakfast cereals such as All-Bran®, Bran Flakes®, Weetabix®, Shredded Wheat®, muesli, etc. …
- Brown rice, and wholemeal spaghetti and other wholemeal pasta.
Great Foods For Your Teeth – Strawberries
These summer berries contain malic acid, a natural enamel whitener. Here’s how to make your own at-home whitening treatment: Crush a strawberry to a pulp, mix it with baking soda, and spread it on your teeth using a soft toothbrush. Five minutes later, brush it off, rinse and voila: a whiter smile. (Be sure to floss, though, as tiny strawberry seeds can easily get trapped between your teeth.)
If you have any concerns regarding the condition of your teeth, please call to make an appointment with one of our dental experts in Bristol, on 0117 910 5929