Did you know that your teeth are the only parts of your body that can’t heal themselves? Once they’re done, they’re done. This is why, as children, it is drilled into us that we need to brush our teeth twice a day – to avoid having a dentist drill into our teeth! Luckily, brushing and flossing are just two of many things you can do to keep your pearly whites and gums in a healthy condition. We’re taking a look at the best foods for healthy teeth and gums below.
You know what they say about an apple a day! Other than staving off general practitioners, chomping on the odd apple can actually keep your teeth and gums in good shape. The act of biting and chewing on an apple helps to stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth, which helps to neutralize harmful acids and wash away pesky lodged food particles.
We think Bugs Bunny was definitely onto something, and now we know that he really was! Munching on the crunchies fruits and vegetables, like carrots, can actually help to scrape away plaque and food debris off of your teeth as you’re chewing! This will definitely help to promote healthy teeth and gums, as well as help to improve your eye sight.
- Leafy greens
While you’re probably getting the vast majority of your recommended daily calcium intake from milk and dairy products, that’s not the only way to get it! Leafy greens, like spinach, are super high in calcium and other important minerals that are essential for keeping your body healthy – including your teeth and gums.
Let’s face it: nuts are a great source of proteins, healthy fats and roughage. Nuts also contain vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to our overall health, such as calcium and magnesium, which are also pretty important if you want to maintain strong teeth and healthy gums.
- Dairy products
Dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yoghurt, are extremely rich in bone and tooth-building calcium and other minerals that are essential for healthy teeth and gums. These minerals can also help to neutralize harmful acids in the mouth. What this does is help to reduce the risk of tooth decay.
Have you been told that you need to take in more Omega oils? These are commonly found in seafood, and Omega-3 is an important addition to your diet if you struggle with memory issues. Fish and seafood, such as salmon and sardines, are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. This means that taking in more seafood can actually help to promote healthy gums.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables, such as berries, celery, and bell peppers, are extremely high in vitamins and minerals. These are great for promoting healthy teeth and gums, and they contain natural sugars which are much less likely to cause tooth decay than refined sugars like white sugar or brown sugar.
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