London: Taking care of your teeth is essential if you want to avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss, but tooth care goes beyond simply brushing your teeth. Certain foods contain properties that can help strengthen and maintain healthy teeth, and some of them may be quite a surprise.
We all know we should brush and floss our teeth and limit sugar intake if we want to prevent tooth decay and tooth loss. But ensuring healthy teeth and gums doesn’t just come down to brushing your teeth twice a day and swapping cola for the sugar-free version.
Get Rid of Cavities and Prevent Tooth Decay
Keeping your teeth strong and healthy can also be ensured by eating the right kinds of foods, containing properties beneficial to oral health. Sally Rayment, the dentist at The Implant Centre Hove and Hayward’s Heath, recommends the following eight foods to help you maintain a dazzling smile.
Strawberries: Strawberries are great for the teeth and gums as they contain high levels of vitamin C, which helps the body to produce the collagen needed to maintain gum strength.
“People wrongly assume that strawberries stain the teeth, but quite the opposite is true. Strawberries contain malic acid – a natural enamel whitener,” said Rayment.
Salmon: A “superfood for our mouths”, salmon is packed full of vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential to oral health as it helps the body to absorb calcium, which is vital for healthy gums, bones, and teeth. As well as helping the body to absorb calcium, salmon itself contains high levels of the mineral.
Sugar-free chewing gum: Chewing on sugar-free gum produces more saliva in the mouth, which helps to reduce acid and plaque build-up, thus strengthening the teeth and reducing the risk of tooth decay.
Cooked duck and steak: Cooked duck and steak contain phosphorus, which is good for protecting bone and enamel.
Dark chocolate: The antioxidants found in cacao help neutralize the bacteria that cause halitosis (bad breath). Opt for chocolate that is at least 70 percent cacao so you don’t counteract the benefits with lots of sugar.