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Eating Tips For Healthier Teeth

woman teethAside from proper brushing, flossing, and regular trips to the dentist, eating the rights foods can also play a key role in one’s overall oral health. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that eating certain foods can erode the enamel on their teeth. Moreover, other foods will encourage the growth of plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Although most people have heard the general rule of thumb to stay away from sugary sweets and treats, there are many of surprising nutritive factors that affect one’s teeth. Incorporating certain foods into one’s diet can help to keep one’s pearly whites looking clean and white.

Cheese:
Filled with calcium and protein, cheese is a great choice both for general bone growth and for maintaining healthy teeth. The calcium helps to replenish minerals in one’s teeth and also encourages the flow of saliva in your mouth, preventing bacteria from building up and sticking. Not a fan of cheese? Dairy products in general will offer similar benefits for one’s teeth. Try drinking a glass of milk or eating a cup of yogurt.

Pears and Apples:
High fiber fruits in general help keep one’s mouth clean. Fruits such as apples and pears have been shown to increase the production of saliva in one’s mouth, which helps reduce bacteria, and also to help get rid staining on teeth. Although other fruits such as pineapple have also been shown to remove stains, they are high in acid. Be careful with high acidity fruits as these foods will eventually wear away tooth enamel.

Nuts:
In particular, peanuts, almonds, cashews, and walnuts all contain high levels of mineral and vitamins that are essential for healthy teeth. For an extra teeth cleaning boost, toss some sesame seeds in with the nut mixture.

Water:
Don’t underestimate the benefits of this substance. Water can, quite simply, do wonders for one’s oral health. When it comes to keeping one’s teeth in top shape, sugary juices and carbonated beverages are an absolute no-no. Water on the other hand helps to rinse bacteria and plaque out of one’s mouth and also prevents dry mouth; bacteria’s favorite breeding ground. Not only is water great for maintaining healthy teeth, it is excellent for maintaining an overall healthy body.

Carrots and Celery:
Just like apples and pears, these high fiber veggies essentially mimic a toothbrush and “scrub” one’s teeth, offering a makeshift cleaning. Also low in calories and full of essential vitamins, carrots and celery make an overall healthy snacking choice.

Raw onions:
Although eating raw onions might not do wonders for one’s breath, raw onions help fight the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Eating raw onions also helps to prevent gum disease, however, maybe pop a stick of sugarless gum after downing this meal.

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