It’s important that we take care of our oral health, especially if we don’t like to undergo dental procedures. In addition to brushing and flossing on the outside, there are foods you can eat that will benefit your teeth and gums from the inside.
Some foods strengthen teeth, some freshen breath, some help get rid of bacteria in the mouth, and some clean your teeth as you chew. Then brushing must follow so that bacteria and plaque buildup can be kept at a minimum. Read on to see what foods help keep your mouth fresh, clean and healthy.
- Dairy Products contain lots of calcium, which strengthens tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is the tooth’s protective covering and cannot be replaced once it is gone, so it’s a good idea to try to strengthen what enamel you have so you can chew and break down food for proper nutrition.
- Soy Milk is also a great source of calcium and an alternative to regular cow’s milk for the lactose intolerant.
- Tea contains fluoride, which the teeth require to stay strong and free of decay.
- Bone Fish (with edible bones) contain fluoride, calcium and vitamin D, all of which strengthen teeth.
- Green, Leafy Vegetables contain vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin K, which aid in bone formation and strengthen teeth enamel. Spinach and romaine lettuce are particularly helpful.
- Foods High in Protein like meat, nuts, beans and eggs naturally strengthen teeth as a result of their high phosphorus content.
- Citrus Fruits are loaded with vitamin C, which aids in bone and tooth formation.
- Whole Grain aids in bone and tooth formation, largely due to high magnesium content.
- Herbs like parsley, peppermint, coriander, rosemary, eucalyptus, spearmint, and tarragon are great breath fresheners. You can chew them or make tea from them with a touch of honey for extra flavor.
- Yogurt (With Active Cultures) reduces hydrogen sulfide buildup in your mouth, which causes bad breath.
- Dairy Products Like Cheese balance the pH levels in your mouth and increase saliva production, which naturally freshens breath.
- Sugarless Gum & Mints also stimulate saliva, which keeps breath fresher longer.
- Water keeps your mouth clean and fresh, but also cleanses your body on the inside, which can help with gastrointestinal issues that might also be to blame for your bad breath issues. Rinsing with water after meals can serve as a natural mouthwash until you are able to brush.
Get Rid of Oral Bacteria
- Yogurt (With Active Cultures) contain good bacteria that upsets the balance of bad bacteria that lives in your mouth, leaving your mouth germ and disease free.
- Vitamin C-Rich Foods create more of an acidic environment in the mouth, which kills bacteria and gum disease, keeping your mouth healthier and fresher.
- Water consumption can also be used to rinse debris, bacteria and trapped food particles out of the mouth.
- Mustard contains isothiocyanates, which fight disease and bacteria that cause tooth decay.
- Crunchy, Fiber-Rich Fruits & Veggies like carrots, celery and apples create more saliva flow in the mouth, which keeps bad breath to a minimum, but their crunchy texture also creates abrasion that cleans the teeth as you chew.
- Strawberries don’t fit the profile of crunchy fruits, but they do gently clean and whiten the teeth as you chew. You can even rub strawberries directly on the teeth and gums for further cleaning until you can get to your toothbrush.