You’ve probably been hearing about foods that are bad for your teeth since you were a little kid.
Candy, cookies, sticky things, acidic things…we’ve all heard about how bad they are for our pearly whites.
But what about foods that are beneficial for dental health? Are there any foods out there that can actually have a positive impact on your teeth, gums and mouth?
It turns out, there are. And we’re listing a few of them here. Let’s take a look!
Leafy Greens and High Fiber Fruits
Have you ever heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, it applies to dentists, too.
Leafy green vegetables and fibrous fruits like apples can help balance the pH in your mouth. They also increase saliva production which is great for keeping teeth clean.
If you read our post about holiday foods that are terrible for your teeth, you know that sugar can throw off the pH in your mouth, causing harmful bacteria to multiply. This can lead to tooth decay.
With high fiber fruits and vegetables, the opposite happens: because the foods have high water content and lots of vitamins and minerals, they can help rebalance your mouth’s pH. Plus, many fruits and veggies have a decent amount of vitamin C which can contribute to faster healing and improve gum health.
Sugar-Free Yogurt, Cheese + Other Calcium-Rich Foods
Recent research has shown that certain dairy products are actually beneficial for your dental health. Cheese, in particular, has been shown to help prevent tooth decay.
A recent study from General Dentistry showed that cheese increases saliva production in the mouth, causing the pH of the mouth to increase. This provides protection from the acids and bacterias that cause tooth decay.
Fish With High-Fat Content
Did you know that your favorite seafood could actually help improve your dental health?
Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and tuna are high in vitamin D and will help you absorb calcium. Both vitamin D and calcium are essential for healthy bones and healthy gums.
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