With all that starchy food and sugary drinks that you’ve been consuming, you’re not only adding unnecessary fat to your body, but you’re also putting your mouth at risk to all sorts of bacteria, infections, and diseases. However, following a stringent oral hygiene is pretty simple and as long as you’re careful about what you eat, it is certainly possible to eat your way to a healthier mouth. Mentioned below are 6 awesome foods that will help keep your teeth and gums as healthy as ever.
Carrots, apples, and celery
There is a reason why crunchy fruits and veggies like apples, carrots and celery are hailed as “nature’s toothbrushes”. Munching on these fruits and vegetables increases the production of saliva, which helps neutralize the effect of bacteria in your mouth, and gives your mouth a fresh, cleansed feeling. These foods create a toothbrush-like effect, since they help wash away plaque and stains from teeth. Eating an apple can also help you get rid of food particles that might be stuck onto your gums or dental crevices. Moreover, apples also act as a natural scrub for your tongue and teeth, thereby proving effective for brightening your teeth, and fighting bad breath!
It’s time to go green for healthier teeth! Yes, there are some terrific ways in which green tea can benefit your overall oral health. We’re all aware that green tea is armed with anti-oxidants that help flush out toxins from the body, but perhaps something that you didn’t know is that green tea contains compounds that control gum inflammation and combat bacterial infection. Green tea lowers the acidity of saliva and plaque, thereby preventing cavities, and also controls gum diseases. What’s more, green tea is also known to fight bad breath by killing microbes that make our mouths stink. Need any more reasons to switch to green tea from black tea?
Okay, so this might not seem like the best option to you, but let’s face the fact – raw onions are packed with antibacterial properties that can effectively wipe out bacteria that cause gum diseases and cavities. After knowing this, you might want add a slice or two of raw onion to your meals if you really care about your pearly whites. However, don’t forget to fix the killer breath you might end up with after eating raw onions!
Milk and cheese
Most foods that we eat contain acids that eat away at our teeth. So here’s another reason why you should not be compromising on your daily glass of milk. Low-fat dairy products such as milk and cheese are rich sources of calcium, and can actually help in killing bacteria and reducing the acid in your mouth that threaten tooth enamel. Besides, the calcium helps your teeth get stronger, and also protects your teeth from periodontal diseases. You’ve got to admit it, nothing gets better that cheese or a glass full of milk to satisfy your hunger, without contributing to tooth decay.
Yes, you do brush, rinse, and floss to keep your pearly whites intact, but have you tried yogurt? As bizarre as it may sound, a proven fact is that yogurt eaters are less susceptible to gum diseases and dental decay. Apparently yogurt is a powerful source of calcium, phosphate, and vitamin D, which help protect your teeth and gums. Yogurt is also known to greatly reduce bad breath causing compounds such as hydrogen sulphide, and even balance your mouth’s PH level, preventing bacteria from thriving. Lack of calcium could erode your teeth, forcing you to go for dental procedures like dental implants. So save yourself the hassle and the expense, and just dig into a delicious bowl of yogurt!
We all love oranges for the tangy citrusy flavor it gives out. However, there’s one more reason why you should love oranges all the more – oranges help keep your teeth and gums healthy! You’ll be surprised to know that citrus fruits like oranges help keep teeth and gums healthy by strengthening the connective tissue and the blood vessels. This also includes the connective tissue that strongly holds your teeth in your jaw. Citrus fruits also happen to be a powerful source of vitamin C, which helps in reducing gum inflammation, and prevents or slows the risk of getting gingivitis. So the next time you treat yourself to a fruit bowl, make sure there are plenty of oranges, grape fruits, and other citrus regulars in there!
This article has been authored by Joseph McCain. Joseph is an intern at West Lakes Dental, a reputed clinic for dental implants in Adelaide. Joseph loves music and takes keen interest in collecting old music records.