The way we eat, how often and what we eat is essential for our overall health. A healthy body can resist infections and overcome disease and healthy eating habits can ensure your gum and teeth health as well. On the other hand, poor diet can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
If it is true that snacks, sugar and bad eating habits can help ruin your teeth, it is also true that there are foods that can help with your oral hygiene. When you eat and have no possibility to brush afterwards, you can use foods to eat your way to a cleaner mouth, literally!
Apples and pears are crunchy healthy snacks that help the flow of cleansing saliva and give your mouth a fresh feeling. It is also true for other type of fruits that are not too sugary and aren’t high in acid; acids in fruits can be hard on your tooth enamel.
Vegetables like carrots, cucumbers and celery are good substitutes for a toothbrush if you don’t have one for the same reason as apples.
Onions added to your salad or sandwich and I mean raw onions, have powerful antibacterial properties capable of killing strains of bad bacteria in your mouth. Just be careful, it can kill bacteria, but it can give you a killer breath!
Water can effectively keep your mouth clean, use it! Water swished around in your mouth is similar to a mouthwash when it comes to removing bacteria.
Proper nutrition means eating a balanced diet. Your body can get the nutrients needed for good health from foods that can also help protect and rebuild your tooth enamel. Choosing wisely your nutrients will make a difference, your smile broader and your teeth whiter.
Meat, poultry, fish and eggs. Win with the lean proteins and phosphorus-rich foods! These foods are both nutritious and not overly fat.
Fish has omega-3 fatty acids and those are the most potent anti-inflammatory nutrients that can be found in the flax seed as well.
Fruits and vegetables, well, they are high in water and fiber and help our body in balancing the sugars.
Strawberries contain malic acid, an enzyme that actually cleans stains off the teeth – and mashed strawberries can be mixed with baking soda to create a natural whitening product.
Nuts contain proteins which help strengthen and protect your teeth.
Cheese, yogurt or milk are low in sugar and contain calcium and phosphorus, capable of strengthening bones and your teeth too. Dairy products can actually reduce the acid in your mouth and sugars found in milk don’t contribute to tooth decay.
Cocoa Imagine, chocolate can actually be good for your teeth! Dark chocolate to be precise. Cocoa contains tannins, polyphenols and flavonoids, each of which is a type of a strong antioxidant that benefits your body and teeth. The antioxidants prevent the bacteria from turning into damaging acids. Also, the cocoa butter coats your teeth and prevents plaque from sticking to them