When it comes to eating, we all have to do it. Of course, many people get concerned over what kind of health affects their food choices might be having on them. They worry about how a food might be affecting their dental health. However, there is an abundance of foods that are actually good for one’s dental health. Consider adding some of the following foods to your diet.
Sugar-free gum is surprisingly good for your dental health, but the emphasis has to be put on the “sugar-free” part of it, especially when xylitol is used. Xylitol is a natural substance found in many fruits and vegetables. You see, not all gum is created equal. The sugary gums are actually bad for your teeth because they feed certain bacteria in your mouth that break down tooth enamel.
However, sugar-free gum is great for your teeth because it encourages the practice of chewing. Generally, the more chewing you do, the more your dental health will be improved simply because it will produce more saliva. Xylitol especially stimulates saliva production. This saliva will neutralize the acid that is produced by the bacteria in plaque which in turn cleans your teeth, keeping them healthier. Saliva also helps remineralize teeth by repairing tiny fractures and holes.
Raw cheese is also a good food for your teeth. Of course, you should eat in moderation due to its high saturated fat content. However, raw cheese contains calcium, which is known for being able to replace the minerals that preserve teeth. Cheese helps to fight bacteria, lower pH levels, and produce saliva. Cheese can help rebuild tooth enamel as well.
Researchers recently found out that shiitake mushrooms are an aid to dental health because they have properties that remineralize teeth and components that can discourage the growth of harmful acid. Better check your favorite health food store for this one.
Apples are known as one of those foods that “cleans your teeth while you eat it” because they consist of fairly fibrous material that can act as a toothbrush and clean off any plaque you have accumulated. Moreover, the acid in the apple will kill off most forms of bacteria that cause bad breath. Keep the skin on the apple too! The skin has compounds that encourage healthy gums.
If you keep foods such as sugar-free gum, cheese, shiitake mushrooms and apples in your diet, you are sure to have healthier teeth and gums. Be sure to eat these foods in conjunction with your brushing and flossing habit and you’ll be all set!
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