The Best Foods for Healthy Teeth

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The benefits of eating a well-balanced diet have been touted for years. From weight loss, to longer life and more energy, the advantages are endless.

Over the years, modifications to the recommended amounts of food have changed, but the basics of eating clean, natural foods remains. Did you also know that there are some foods that are better for your oral health than others? Eating poorly can result in bad breath, gum disease and other issues.

Here are the best foods to eat for healthy teeth.

Dairy

It’s true what we’ve been told for so long, milk strengthens our bones and the calcium is also good for our teeth. Cheese and yogurt, which are also high in protein, are also great dairy options for keeping teeth healthy and strong. The elements in these dairy product do everything from fight acidity and bacteria in the mouth to restore enamel on the teeth.

Fruit

Fruits are a tricky food group to include when discussing oral health and in particular strong teeth since many citrus fruits are the culprit to enamel erosion and tooth decay. The vitamin C in the fruits however are great for your teeth. Apples are a safe bet. They help keep saliva going in the mouth, work to scrub the plaque on your teeth as you chew and contain fiber.

Vegetables

This is the largest food group with safe choices for oral health. They contain the least sugars, and calories so eating them in larger quantities isn’t a problem. And as an added bonus, there are tons of great minerals and vitamins in vegetables.  Leafy greens like spinach and kale have folic acid and vitamin D while carrots and celery – which contain vitamin A and C –work to improve the overall health of your gums and mouth. Again, the chewing you have to do to get these crunchy vegetables down only further helps to keep plaque off your teeth and your gums strong.

Nuts

Nuts, which are also a food that is low in sugar, are highly recommended for combatting tooth decay. There are a range of different options and textures to choose from including cashews, Brazil nuts and almonds and the combination of calcium, phosphorous and protein keeps tooth decay at bay.

One thing to keep in mind is that while it’s a given that sugars and hard, sticky candies are terrible for your teeth, there are some healthy foods that contain the same problem-causing sugar and should be monitored and consumed in regulated amounts.

If you’re ready to get your teeth back to a healthy state then make an appointment at Fried Dentistry today.