In the past, I have written about oil pulling, and how swishing a little oil around in the mouth for 20 minutes each morning can make the teeth sparkle. Oil pulling really works, and remarkably so. Everyone knows that brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups are also important aspects of maintaining a healthy smile. What is considered less often, however, is how one’s diet can affect his or her dental health.
The foods that a person chooses to eat and drink–or NOT eat or drinks– can have a tremendous impact on his or her dental health. Consider the following foods to eat for shiny white, healthy teeth:
Even though strawberries are bright red, they can help you have brilliant white, healthy teeth. Despite their appearance, the small amounts of malic acid in strawberries actually helps remove tooth discoloration. Be forewarned that too much malic acid can damage tooth enamel, so be sure to brush well after consuming strawberries.
As saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”…. But how about the dentist? The crispness of apples are absolutely great for the gums. Apples strengthening the gums as you chew. Eating apples also increases the production of saliva, which helps neutralize bacteria colonies residing in the mouth, and reducing the risk for tooth decay.
Do your mouth a favor and indulge in some cheese. Cheese is chock full of calcium, which strengthens the teeth and gums. You never have to worry about tooth discoloration resulting from the extra time you spent sampling from that cheese tray; since cheese is basically colorless, surface stains are a non-issue. Even nut cheeses (as opposed to dairy cheeses) are high in calcium and good for the teeth.
Broccoli and other cruciferous veggies
When it comes to health food, the cruciferous vegetables, such as cauliflower and broccoli are all-stars. Cruciferous veggies are rich in vitamins and low in calories. Oh, and raw broccoli’s tiny florets also serve as miniature toothbrushes! When one chews, the florets go to work, gently scrubbing the surface of your teeth. Same deal with cauliflower.
Consider choosing a snack that will give your body a nutritional boost while also brightening your smile. Nuts, with their crunchy texture, help to remove plaque and stains from your teeth while you chew them. Nuts are loaded with protein and healthy fats, making them an excellent snack option for your body’s oral health and overall health.
For other teeth whitening tips, refer to my blog post on the Ayurvedic practice of OIL PULLING, Click Here: Ever Hear of Oil Pulling?
Foods and drinks to avoid
Now that you know the foods to stock up on to help maintain your healthy smile, are there any foods or drinks you should avoid? While most things are fine in moderation, let’s consider some foods and drinks that can be detrimental to your oral health:
Chewy candy. Sticky, chewy candy typically stick to your teeth for extended periods of time. In addition to feeling uncomfortable, the sticky, sugary residue left behind on your teeth provides a feast for the bacteria in your mouth. The result is the breakdown of your enamel and, ultimately, potential tooth decay.
Citrus fruit. You might be surprised to learn that citrus fruits– and particularly lemons and grapefruit– are not friends of your teeth. Although they’re loaded with Vitamin C that’s good for your body, they’re also extremely acidic. Over time, that acid can erode your tooth enamel. Be sure to brush well as soon as possible after consuming citrus fruit.
Coffee & soda. Not surprisingly, coffees, teas, and sodas are not healthy choices for your teeth. Not only do they stain your pearly whites, the caffeine can dry out your mouth. Additionally, sugar– which is present in soda and often added to coffee and tea– is used by plaque bacteria to produce acid that ultimately attacks your enamel.