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Snack on This: 3 Foods That Will Give You Healthier Teeth

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Snack on This: 3 Foods That Will Give You Healthier Teeth

Healthy FoodThe diet industry is a 60 billion dollar business. Whether you want to eat low carb, low fat, control your portions, eat like a Mediterranean, do intermittent fasting, go vegan or even eat nothing but fruit, there’s a plan out there designed to give you a healthier body. With people paying more attention than ever to how food affects their bodies, what about your teeth? Is there a tooth diet?

Naturally, whatever you eat will affect your teeth, since your chompers are usually a first stop for food. We know what’s bad for your mouth (sugars and acids) but what about what’s good for it? Here’s three foods you can eat right now to improve your oral hygiene:

Foods High in Calcium and Phosophorous

The older you get, the more the enamel on your teeth erodes. Add into that the sugars and acids from foods (even “healthy” foods) that attack your enamel on a daily basis, and you’ve got to do a lot of damage control in the form of brushing, flossing and regular visits to your dentist to make sure your enamel stays strong. But there are also foods high in calcium and phosphorous you can be eating to give your enamel an extra boost. Foods high in calcium, like cheese, yogurt, seafood, tofu, almonds and milk can help put back some of the minerals you need to maintain strong, healthy tooth enamel.

Crunchy Foods That Are High in Water

Water in general is a great tool for keeping your teeth healthy. So are foods that are high in water, especially those with a little crunch to them. Why? Because crunching on a crisp apple requires more chewing. Chewing increases your saliva. Your saliva helps stave off bacteria that can cause cavities. Also, foods like apples, cucumbers, carrots and celery with a rich, raw texture act like little tooth loofahs, gently scrubbing away the bits of food and plaque on your teeth.

Foods Rich in Vitamin C

If your mom made you take a vitamin when you were a kid, chances are that vitamin was Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-inflammatory that research shows can improve your overall oral health, particularly when it comes to your gums. Vitamin C helps your body produce collagen, which helps fight periodontal disease. Eating foods rich in Vitamin C like bell peppers, oranges, kale, kiwi broccoli and strawberries can help protect your gums.

Does this mean you should only eat the foods on this list if you want to maintain healthy teeth and gums? No! A healthy, balanced diet that includes many of the foods mentioned above, along with regular brushing, flossing and regular trips to your dentist is the best way to keep your teeth healthy and happy.

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