Everything You Need To Know About Healthy Foods For Teeth


Best Foods For Good Dental Health 

Have you ever thought about healthy foods for teeth? If not let's think about it...

You've likely heard your dentist tell you how sugar in certain foods and drinks can get stuck on teeth surface and between teeth and begin to decay causing plaque.

    Is this cavity-causing plaque only coming from sugary foods & drinks ?

The answer is no....
Foods that are acidic, and contain simple carbohydrates can also weaken teeth and gums by eating away tooth enamel.

     What foods should you eat to strengthen the health of teeth and gums?

1. CHEESE - researchers found that cheese elevates pH for 30 minutes after eating (milk and yogurt’s protective effects lasted only 10 minutes).

2. MILK has 280 mg of calcium in 1 cup

3. ORANGE has 60 mg of calcium & has 96 mg of vitamin c per Cup 

4. GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLE has 336 mg of calcium in 1 bunch

5. APPLE has 8.4mg of vitamin C

To summarize one should eat foods rich in calcium,protein,vitamin C,vitamin D,magnesium & fluorine for health teeth and gums.These food items stimulate saliva production and contain important minerals and vitamins that help build up tooth enamel and boost the immunity of gum tissue.

Strong teeth and gums are more resilient to decay and disease.You may have noticed that there wasn't any mention of drinks up above.Unlike food, there isn't as much debris left in the mouth after drinking a beverage.

   Why should we avoid sugary & acidic drinks?

Sugary and acidic drinks such as sodas, fruit juices, coffee, tea, alcohol, and sports drinks do leave behind an unpleasant film on the teeth and gums which can cause oral health problems if teeth aren't properly cleaned.

These beverages can be enjoyed in moderation followed by swishing the mouth out with water.If you're thirsty and want to give your mouth a good health boost, drink plain water.

Tap water has a trace amount of fluoride in it to prevent cavities, has zero calories and contains essential nutrients.The thing each of the aforementioned food items have common is that they stimulate the production of saliva.While saliva may be gross to some, it plays an important part in oral hygiene.Saliva comes from salivary glands located in the mouth.

Typically eating and drinking stimulate the production of saliva and sleep often decreases saliva production.In a normal patient, the amount of saliva naturally produced is enough to wash and keep the mouth clean.Saliva rinses debris from the mouth, helps keep surfaces of the mouth free from food debris and contains enzymes that break apart bacteria that could lead to plaque.

   Why should we eat crunchy & chewy foods?  

 1. Foods that are crunchy such as raw vegetables and nuts and chewy foods such as sugar-free mints and gums promote the production of saliva that washes stuck and leftover food particles as well as coat teeth and gums with a slippery coating that keeps other food particles from sticking to teeth and gums.

2. Those who suffer from dry mouth not only have chronic discomfort, but they are also at a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

  Which foods stimulate saliva production?       

1. Vegetables,

2. Leafy greens,

3. Sugar-free gum,

4. Apples, 

5. Cheese &

6. Yogurt are some foods that stimulate saliva production and supply essential minerals and vitamins to teeth and gums.

To conclude What one eats can influence the health of one's teeth and gums. So it's important to eat healthy diet and minimize outside fast  foods to have good oral health.




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