You probably know that there are foods that contribute to tooth decay. These foods include starchy, refined carbohydrates such as potato chips, bread, crackers or even bread. These foods are nearly as bad for your teeth as candy. When you eat starches made from white flour, their simple carbohydrates can break down into simple sugars. Bacteria loves sugar, and it will feed on these sugars, thus producing acid that causes tooth decay.
It may sound like food in general causes tooth decay, but au contraire, there are foods that are actually good for your teeth. The following is just a short list of foods that are good for your teeth!
Cheese is a great source of calcium, which will strengthen tooth enamel. Other dairy products, but especially cheese, contain a type of protein called casein. Some research has found that casein helps stabilize tooth enamel.
High-fiber foods, such as leafy vegetables, are great for your teeth mainly because they require a lot of chewing. If you eat raw spinach, it generates saliva, and the spinach will also quite literally scrub your teeth.
Strawberries are a natural teeth whitener. They contain malic acid, and you can even make a strawberry-based at-home whitening treatment by mashing strawberries and baking soda. Leave this spread on your teeth then wash off five minutes later with a soft toothbrush for an instantly brighter smile.
Who knew these healthy foods could also be so good for your teeth? A balanced, healthy diet, as well as regular exercise, is also not only good for your whole body, but is also good for your oral health.
In addition to this, it is important to see your dentist regularly for an oral health checkup and to make sure your teeth and gums are in tip-top shape. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sitaram today for a healthy smile.