Superfoods for Your Oral Health
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Published by TOP4 Team
Total oral care extends far beyond flossing and brushing.
There are plenty of good habits to adopt to make sure your smile stays bright and elegant but don't underestimate the powerful cleaning properties of simple, everyday foods.
Below are supercharged foods that will help build healthier teeth and gums, as well as prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
It's essential to get enough calcium in your diet regime in order to protect your gums and teeth from diseases. However, your body can't have all that calcium if you don't have enough vitamin D. Fatty fish is an excellent source of vitamin D, allowing your gums and teeth to get the full disease-fighting advantages of calcium from the foods you eat.
There's good news for all cheese lovers out there. Cheese is good for the teeth because of its ability to fight the acid erosion of the teeth.
Every time you eat meals with sweets, citrus, bread, or soda, your teeth are endangered to decay-causing acid. Eating cheese after a meal can neutralise the acid left behind by a meal, making it a perfect choice for a dessert.
It may be a bit of surprise, given orange is a citrus fruit. However, the vitamin C you can get from citrus strengthens your blood vessels and connective tissues and decreases the progression of gum disease by lessening the inflammation.
High-fibre vegetable and fruits
Forgot your toothbrush at home? High-fibre vegetable and fruits are your next best option. The high-fibre content actually scrubs the teeth the same way your toothbrush might and stimulates saliva generation because of the extra chewing they require.
Black and green tea
Polyphenols, which can be found in black and green tea, interact with the bacteria that cause plaque by suppressing or killing them. Bacteria feed on the sugars on your mouth and once they’re done, they discharge tooth enamel destroying acid. This makes tea a perfect choice after or during a meal since it suppresses the presence of these acid-producing bacteria in your mouth.
Saliva is composed of 99.5% water. Dehydration can thicken your saliva, which wreaks destruction in the mouth. Optimum levels of water in your saliva are important to the breakdown of food, neutralising bacterial acid and preventing tooth decay. While water still isn't as good as floss and toothbrush, it can still aid in lessening plaque by washing away food debris. Gargling with water after drinking a cup of coffee can help reduce staining to the teeth.
In short, oral care starts with the food you’re allowing to enter your body.
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