Orthodontists Reveal 7 Foods to Help Keep Your Teeth Healthy
It is much easier to pinpoint the foods you shouldn’t eat rather than the ones that are best for your oral health. It is also easy to tell which ones are healthy for your body, too.
Did you know that there are specific ones that keep your mouth healthy?
Here are seven foods that the experts at Baum Orthodontics say you should be eating to keep your teeth healthy and clean.
Cranberries have antioxidants called polyphenols that prevent plaque from adhering to your teeth. The less plaque buildup you have, the fewer cavities you will get from Streptococcus mutans bacteria. You must avoid products that have cranberries are added. You want to eat them in their natural state as added sugar will reduce the overall effect of their health benefits.
2. Cheddar Cheese
A study published by the Academy of General Dentistry in 2013 found that teen who ate cheddar cheese frequently had lower acid levels present in their mouths when compared with teens who drank milk or ate yogurt. The study measured both children and teenagers by feeding them the foods, rinsing and waiting in 10-minute increments to count their pH levels.
Those who had milk and yogurt had no change. Those who ate cheese experienced a significant drop in counts. Cheese neutralizes the acid and chewing increases the saliva production which washes out the acid and bacteria.
Raisins are a sweet snack naturally, so you avoid the sugar that bacteria need to stick to a tooth’s enamel and produce plaque. Raisins also have phytochemicals that kill bacteria and prevent them from causing decay. As they also kill bacteria, it prevents gum disease.
4. Crunchy Foods
Crunchy foods like cucumbers, nuts and carrots are good for your teeth as chewing removes plaque. Vitamin- and mineral-rich foods also work to clean your teeth as they produce saliva and remove the bacteria that is present in your mouth.
5. Fruits With Fibrous Peels
Eat fruits that have acids and fibrous peels. Fruits, like apples, contain fibrous content that cleans the plaque from your teeth and gums. Fruits contain acids that neutralize bad breath.
6. Leafy Green Vegetables
Any diet should contain a blend of vegetables, but you want to ensure you eat enough of the leafy green ones as they are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals that prevent gum disease and treat gingivitis. Folic acid is also a vital component for oral health. They contain fiber which helps clean plaque and other debris that causes cavities.
7. Sugarless Gum
After every meal, eat a piece of sugarless gum to rinse your mouth properly as the chewing will produce extra saliva that will wash bacteria from the mouth. As the gum is sugarless, it will also ensure that the bacteria do not get the sugars they need to produce plaque buildup.
If you are worried about cleaning your mouth out after every meal, rinse with water as it will also help you stay hydrated. There are no calories in water, so your mouth will be clean and healthy.