Best Foods For Healthy Teeth and Gums
You probably brush your teeth at least twice a day and perhaps use a mouthwash rinse, but did you know that what you eat can affect your teeth and gums just as much as not brushing?
It’s as important to keep your gums healthy as it is to brush your teeth regularly. Your gums secure teeth in the mouth, protect oral bones and help keep bacterial at bay. Disease elsewhere in the body can result from unhealthy gums (gingivitis) and those unhealthy gums signal the dentist that something may be going wrong elsewhere in your body. Here are some foods that are super stars in keeping your mouth and body healthy.
Onions and Garlic –both target the bacteria that causes gum disease and neutralize bad oral bacteria. They contain phytonutrients, flavonoids, and more than fifty sulfur-containing compounds that play a significant role in keeping you healthy.
Leafy Greens – spinach, kale, romaine and other lettuces, beet and mustard greens, are all chock full of mouth-healthy vitamins and minerals that help prevent gum disease. Leafy greens contain Vitamin C, which boosts production of red blood cells and reduces inflammation.
Green Tea – this antioxidant-rich tea helps reduce inflammation in the body. Its antioxidants called catechins help gums fight inflammation caused by oral bacteria. It contains catechins and polyphenols that are considered a natural fluoride and protects against bad breath, cavities, tooth decay and gum disease.
Peppers and Citrus Fruits –contain Vitamins A and C, carotenoids, flavonoids, B vitamins, and quercetin. They are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and they taste wonderful while contributing to our health.
Shiitake Mushrooms – Shiitakes fight the bad bacteria that grows in hard to reach places in the mouth. They are high in Vitamins B and D, support cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation and support the immune system.
Celery, Carrots, and Apples –Crunchy vegetables are high in fiber, they take longer to chew and generate more saliva, which out bacteria near the gum line. Crunchy foods help scrape away plaque and stuck-on food.
Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese – Dairy products are high in calcium that strengthens bone. The casein in dairy helps neutralize oral acids which can be destructive to tooth enamel and gum tissue.