Food for happy teeth

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Whether you live to eat or eat to live, there’s no denying the importance of good dietary habits. Knowing what – and how frequently – you eat is crucial to your physical health and well-being, which encompasses your oral health. Not all types of food are good for your teeth. In this article, we take a look at the kinds of food for healthier teeth and gums.

 

Fresh fruits

Go for fruits that are rich in vitamin C like apples, strawberries, pears, oranges, kiwis, bananas and other citrus fruits. Why is vitamin C good for our teeth? Well, you can consider vitamin C as a sort of glue that holds our cells together, which is a critical element in maintaining healthy gums. It can also prevent your gums from breaking down and becoming sore.

 

Vegetables

Eating fresh and crunchy vegetables is not only beneficial to your overall health; they actually help clean your gums. Vegetables rich in vitamin A helps to boost tooth enamel (outer layer of our teeth) formation. These include broccoli, carrots and sweet potatoes. Celery helps to increase saliva production which is important for neutralizing cavity-causing bacteria. Eating raw celery is akin to giving your teeth and gums a relaxing and therapeutic massage.

 

Fibre and whole grains

Foods that contain fibre help to produce saliva that in turn acts as our teeth’s natural defence against tooth decay. Good sources of fibre include figs, dates and raisins. Whole grain foods are rich in vitamin B, iron and magnesium – all of which are ingredients for healthy teeth, gums and bones. These include cereals, bran and brown rice.

 

Foods rich in calcium

Calcium is a crucial component for developing strong and healthy teeth, particularly in the area of strengthening the underlying bones that support your teeth structure. Examples of foods rich in calcium include milk, cheese and yoghurt. Milk and yoghurt are particularly beneficial to your teeth due to their low acidity and low sugar content. Other sources of calcium include broccoli, dried beans and almonds.

 

Meat and eggs

While it is true that too much consumption of red meat is bad for health, meat also contains phosphorus, which along with calcium and vitamin D, helps to strengthen your teeth and bones. Animal products rich in phosphorous and calcium include chicken, beef and eggs. Foods that provide iron and protein – like fish and poultry products – are also beneficial to your teeth and overall health.

 

If you are looking for a dental practice that promotes good oral health for the whole family, do not hesitate to contact Fresh Dentistry (located in Blackburn) at +61 (03) 9878 8712 or send us an enquiry at [email protected]