February 17, 2017
Category: Dental Tips
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When it comes to your health, you probably know that your diet is essential for good health. Did you know that what you eat also affects your teeth, both directly and indirectly?

For example, the amount of sugar that you eat affects the surface of your teeth because the more sugar you have in your diet, the more bacteria has a chance to grow in your mouth, which leads to cavities and gum disease. So watching what you eat is not only good for the waistline, it’s also good for oral health.

Here are some foods and beverages that you should include in your diet in order to have healthy teeth:

Calcium-rich foods

Having a lot of calcium in your diet gives you strong bones and teeth. Make sure to have a lot of foods such as  dairy, Spinach, Kale, Ocra, Collards, some beans and certain fish. When teeth are strong, they have a better chance of resisting bacterial infections and tooth decay.

Vitamin D

You also need Vitamin D. Calcium cannot be absorbed properly without this crucial element. They work hand in hand. If you do not have enough Vitamin D, your body will flush your body as waste. This vitamin is not easy to come by in foods, but it is in the following: Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks. The best way to get vitamin D is to just go outside in the sun.

Vitamin C-rich foods

You can get vitamin C from citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons, as well as berries. Potatoes are also high in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps repair tissue damage, as well as fight off infections. When you eat foods that are high in vitamin C, you are slowing down bacterial growth in your mouth. You are also preventing gum disease.

Water

Yes, this simple liquid helps your oral health tremendously. Aside from washing out plaque and food particles from your mouth, water makes sure that your mouth stays hydrated and producing saliva, so that bacterial growth is retarded.

Make sure to avoid sugary and acidic foods, such as candies and soda, since they eat away at your teeth’s enamel. Also, avoid from crunching down on ice, because hard surfaces can damage your teeth if you’re not careful.

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