Something you may not have known about me is that I am obsessed with keeping my teeth clean and healthy. I never miss a dentist appointment and make sure to floss and brush daily. I think I’m one of those weird people who actually enjoys flossing. 😉
Even though I’ve always taken good care of my teeth, I have had a few cavities in my lifetime. This is because my teeth are naturally thin and are not deeply rooted, instead of being related to my diet or sugar intake. Due to the natural make up of my teeth, I’ve had to take extra steps to ensure my oral health stays on track. I feel like teeth and gums are often overlooked when people consider the state of their health. However, both are actually really important in maintaining and overall healthy body. Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease—and can help you keep your teeth as you get older.
Often times you just hear about how much you should be brushing and flossing to maintain good oral hygiene, but did you know that your diet can play a huge roll in the health of your teeth and gums? Well, if you didn’t, I’m here to fill you in! Today I am sharing the Top 5 Foods for Healthy Teeth & Gums. Along with daily brushing and flossing, these foods can help bolster the health of your mouth.
1. Nuts & Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a great source of all sorts of nutrients: phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and most importantly, calcium! Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth and aids in tooth remineralization. Almonds and brazil nuts have the highest concentration of calcium out all nuts and seeds. Also, nuts and seeds are great for oral health because they are CRUNCHY. Eating crunchy foods disturbs dental plaque and keeps it from settling in between your gums and teeth.
2. Fatty Fish
Fish like salmon and mackerel are two of the best food sources for Vitamin D. Vitamin D is crucial for oral health because it allows your body to absorb Calcium. Calcium is the nutrient that protects your gums and teeth from disease. Foods rich in Vitamin D make it easier for your teeth to reap the full benefits of the Calcium you intake from other foods.
Cheese is a low acid food and studies have shown that eating a serving a day helps neutralize plaque acid in the mouth. Acidic foods breakdown tooth enamel and cheese can help lessen the effects of this. Cheese also increases saliva production which is effective for washing bacteria out of the mouth. Of course, as it’s a dairy product, cheese is also high in Calcium and Vitamin D!
4. Strawberries, Kiwis, & Citrus Fruits
Foods high in Vitamin C help maintain the overall health of gum tissue. It helps bolster the presence of collagen within the gums and thus makes them less susceptible to gum disease. When collagen breaks down, gums can become tender and swollen. These fruits are also helpful in reducing discoloration of the teeth that certain beverages like pop or coffee can cause.
Raw onions are full of antimicrobial sulfur-containing compounds that help fight bacteria in the mouth. In testing, onions wiped out four strains of bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease. You may need a breath mint after eating them though! 😉
Bonus: Green Tea & Black Tea
Okay, so these technically are not foods, but I thought I would include them in this list as bonuses because of how efficient they are at slowing the growth of bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease. Tea has a high concentration of polyphenols which stop bacteria from being able to clump together and form plaque. They also suppress the genes of bacteria that control the production of smelly compounds in the mouth.
Incorporating these foods, along with a my daily brushing and flossing routine, keeps my mouth healthy and happy! Speaking of brushing, I recently had the chance to try a new-to-me toothpaste.
Crest sent me their 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste System to try out! I had never done a whitening treatment before so I was excited to use this. Now that I’ve been using the products twice a day for a week I thought I should share how things are going. I will say that I have noticed a significantly brighter smile this past week! Especially since I’ve started drinking coffee regularly, I was worried that my teeth would start to stain. But Crest is totally resolving that worry.
Their new White Brilliance product is a two step brushing system with one paste that is for deep cleaning and the other that if for whitening. You use both products, one after another, and it leaves your mouth feeling invigorated! I love to smile and my teeth have always been one of my favorites parts about my physical appearance. So it’s nice to know they are able to look especially bright with the help of Crest.
Do you have good dental hygiene habits?
Do you frequently eat any of the foods mentioned above?
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