In combination with proper dental care at home, eating healthy is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect the enamel on your teeth and prevent tooth decay. Anything with high concentrations of vitamin A, C, and D will be beneficial to your dental health. Among beef, eggs, spinach, fish, potatoes, poultry, tofu, whole grains, and beans there are several other specific foods that you can implement into your every day diet to bolster your dental and oral health.
One of the most important, and most widely recognized, beneficial dietary choices is water. Replacing drinks that are corrosive to tooth enamel, such as soft drinks, fruit juices, and sports drinks, will cut back on your acid intake and prevent tooth decay. Water is also the main component, representing about 95 percent, of saliva. Sufficient saliva flow is vital to the health of your mouth and teeth. Saliva helps to wash away and neutralize abrasive acids in your mouth and replenish minerals that bacterial acids destroy. Drinking water and eating foods that are high in fibre helps to increase your saliva flow. High-fibre foods also gently scrub the surface of your teeth to keep them clean without damaging enamel. Similarly, chewing sugarless gum after meals will help to stimulate your saliva and rinse dangerous acids away from your enamel. Foods, such as carrots, celery, and apples, which contain high water content, will also help to remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, increase saliva flow, and freshen your breath.
Calcium, phosphate, and vitamin D are all vital for oral and dental health. These elements help to rebuild the important minerals stolen from your teeth by bacterial acid. Calcium is the main element that makes up your teeth and without enough of it in your diet, your teeth become week and prone to decay. Increasing your consumption of dairy products, such as cheese and milk or calcium fortified juices and soy milks, is a great way to add more of these elements to your diet. Many nuts also provide vitamins and minerals that your teeth crave. Almonds and peanuts are high in calcium and vitamin D and walnuts contain numerous benefits, from vitamin E to fibre. Cashews also help by promoting saliva flow and helping to gently clean the surfaces of your teeth. Green and black teas contain vital compounds, known as polyphenols. Polyphenols help to fight plaque and stunt the growth of bacteria and harmful acids. This reduces inflammation while preventing cavities and periodontal disease. It may seem counterintuitive, but citrus fruits like oranges can actually be beneficial to your oral health as well. Although the acids in these fruits can be erosive to your enamel, the Vitamin C in citrus fruits can also strengthen blood vessels and tissues that hold your teeth and jaw in place. Vitamin C also can prevent gingivitis and reduce inflammation.
By increasing these foods, minerals, and vitamins in your diet, you can fortify the health of your mouth to allow for a beautiful and comfortable smile to last a lifetime.