Foods That Can Benefit More Than Your Diet
Daily brushing and flossing are essential to preventing tooth decay and gum disease, but did you know that the food you eat also affects oral health? The foods you consume and avoid can help you maintain shinier, healthier, cavity-free pearly whites. Here are several nutrient-rich foods you can incorporate into your diet that promote healthy teeth and gums.
Choose cheese for an easy, nourishing snack. Calcium and vitamin D are two vital nutrients that support tooth health. Nearly all dairy products, including cheese, are excellent sources of these nutrients. Cheese can also contribute to the remineralization of tooth structures.
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Fatty fish are also rich sources of vitamin D, particularly wild salmon, which promotes strong teeth and jaw bones. It’s also loaded with phosphorus, an important mineral for protecting tooth enamel. Moreover, omega-3 fish oils — DHA and EPA — in fatty fish have been shown to reduce the risk of periodontitis. Omega-3 fats help break down the inflammation that occurs when bacteria irritates gums.
Nuts, such as almonds and cashews, support tooth and gum health. They are crunchy and high in protein, heart-healthy fats and nutrient content — making them a fulfilling and effective way to fuel your body. The extra amount of chewing required to work your way through a handful of almonds helps stimulate saliva production. This flushes dangerous bacteria and trapped food particles to create the proper condition for overall mouth health. The vitamins and minerals contained in nuts also support the natural tooth structures and surrounding soft tissues.
To learn more about which foods are best for optimum oral health, take a look at the below infographic.