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foods for healthy teeth and gums

  July 11, 2015


Good dental health is enhanced by the foods you eat. Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious food, and your teeth and gums will be healthier than ever.


Healthy teeth and gums depend on a thorough dental care routine and regular dental checkups. There are, however, plenty of nutritious foods you can eat to enhance your oral health. A balanced diet will keep your teeth and gums healthy, and help you avoid a trip to your emergency dentists.


1. Apples

Crunching on a raw apple after eating a meal can help the production of saliva and remove bacteria that clings to teeth, reducing tooth decay.


2. Green tea

Drinking a cup of green tea once a day can freshen breath, strengthen teeth, and maintain gum health. The antioxidants present in green tea can also protect against cancer growth.


3. Nuts and seeds

Enjoy a wide variety of nuts and seeds for an essential boost of calcium. Your teeth and jaws are mostly made up of calcium, so eating enough of this mineral is vital for preventing gum disease and tooth decay. Almonds, pumpkin seeds and cashews, are among the nuts and seeds that contain the highest amounts of calcium.


4. Celery

The extra chewing required for celery produces extra saliva that kills cavity-causing bacteria. It's also a naturally abrasive vegetable that massages gums and cleans between teeth.


5. Sesame oil

Sesame seeds are rich in calcium and help remineralise tooth enamel. In fact, the ancient practise of oil pulling – swishing sesame oil around in your mouth – helps remove bacteria, whiten teeth and maintain healthy gums.


6. Dark chocolate

Although we're all familiar with the horror stories of chocolate ruining teeth in children, this damage is mostly caused by improper dental care. When eaten in moderation, dark chocolate is beneficial for your teeth largely due the theobromine it possesses. Theobromine is an alkaloid of the cocoa plant that hardens tooth enamel to prevent tooth decay.


7. Baking soda

Baking soda can be a wonderful addition to your daily oral care routine. Mix it into your toothpaste, or simply rub some straight onto your teeth. Baking soda creates an alkaline environment in your mouth and kills bacteria, preventing tooth decay.


8. Dark, leafy greens

Next time you make a salad or a sandwich, include salad leaves such as, spinach, rocket, or kale. Dark and leafy greens provide an abundance of nutrients, including calcium, which is important for healthy teeth and gums.


9. Bananas

High in magnesium, potassium and manganese, bananas provide a wealth of vitamins that are essential for oral health. Eating bananas helps the formation of tooth enamel and fights against tooth decay and disease. 


10. Sugar free gum

Chewing the occasional piece of sugar free gum stimulates saliva flow to help neutralise and wash away harmful acids. A healthy saliva flow also increases the levels of calcium and phosphate in the mouth, strengthening tooth enamel.


11. Whole grains

A diet rich in brown rice, wholewheat pasta, and oatmeal can reduce your chances of developing dental problems. Whole grains provide an abundance of B vitamins to help keep your gums healthy and to keep periodontal disease at bay.


Above mention all the foods are prescribed by our expert Watford dentists of Market Street Dental Practice for your teeth and gums.

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