You often hear about the foods you should be avoiding to keep decay and gum disease at bay, but what about foods that are good for your teeth? Here are some suggestions to add to your diet to boost oral health:
Milk: milk is a great alternative to fruit juice, sugary cordial and fizzy drinks, as it is rich in calcium and it has a high pH value. Calcium is essential for building and maintaining strong and healthy bones and teeth.
Cheese: cheese is a great option for snacking or adding to lunches or dinners. Cheese is packed with calcium, it’s a good source of protein and it has a high pH value, which means that it can help to neutralise acids in the mouth.
Spinach: spinach is a good source of a host of vitamins, including vitamin C, which helps to maintain and repair cells, boost the immune system and keep the gums healthy. Other leafy green vegetables such as watercress, kale and rocket, offer similar benefits.
Sugar-free chewing gum: chewing gum after eating helps to stimulate saliva production, which washes away food debris, neutralises acids in the mouth and cleanses the mouth. Always make sure you choose sugar-free versions.
Raw vegetables: chewing on raw vegetables such as carrots, celery and peppers, not only provides you with important vitamins and minerals and fibre – it also stimulates the gums and increases saliva production. Raw vegetables are a great snacking option if you find that you get hungry between meals.
Nuts: nuts contain phosphorus, which is believed to strengthen the tooth enamel by facilitating the remineralisation process, which hardens the enamel following acid attack.
If you’d like advice about which foods to include and avoid in your diet, our dentists and dental hygienists will be all too happy to help!