It is well-known that sugar is not good for teeth but many people are not aware of these several important foods which promote healthy teeth and gums and help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
70% cacao dark chocolate contains CBH which hardens tooth enamel and helps prevent cavities so much so that it is a good ingredient to add to homemade toothpaste. Otherwise, just eat a square of it daily.
Cheese helps fight teeth’s acid erosion from foods like soda, citrus fruits, sugars, and bread. Eat goat and sheep cheese after a meal plain, not on crackers which are one of the number one cavity causing foods. Cow’s milk cheese is not as good for your health and is harder to digest. If you must eat a cracker, choose the flourless kind. Encourage children to eat plain cheese at the end of their lunch especially at school.
Fatty fish such as wild salmon is one of the best sources of vitamin D which helps the body absorb calcium from other foods. Second choice is taking a vitamin D supplement daily to get enough vitamin D for calcium to be properly absorbed.
Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits provide vitamin C which strengthens connective tissues and blood vessels reducing inflammation and slowing down gum disease progression. Drink sparkling water after eating the citrus for a high pH and minerals and to wash off the acid from the teeth. Do not brush the teeth for half an hour after eating or drinking foods and drinks with high acid content. You may also read Dentitox Pro customer reviews here.
High-fiber fruits and vegetables like apples scrub the teeth like a toothbrush and the chewing of them stimulates saliva production which neutralizes acids and reduces plaque on the teeth. High water content in juicy fruits and vegetables offsets sugar content. Children can eat some apple at the end of their lunch at times like school when they cannot brush their teeth.
Green and black teas contain polyphenols that interact with placque causing bacteria and kill or at least suppress them. Sugar in food is the feast for bacteria to multiply where they excrete acids that destroy tooth enamel. Drink the tea during or after meals to reduce bacteria and benefit from the cavity-fighting properties of polyphenols.
Xylitol, the sweetener in some sugarless gums, contains compounds that kill bacteria that cause tooth decay. Chewing xylitol gum also promotes saliva production that prevents both bad breath and tooth decay. Xylitol creates the proper ration of bad and good bacteria in the mouth, aids in digestion, and is a source of overall oral health.
Water makes up 99.5 percent of saliva in the mouth so a 150 pound person should consume at least 75 ounces of water daily to remain hydrated and have thinner saliva to neutralize bacteriaal acid in the mouth. Dring water does not replace brushing the teeth but it does rinse food debris from the teeth and reduces placque.
Rinse the mouth with water after drinking coffee, tea, wine and other tooth staining beverages and foods to keep teeth whiter.