5 Great Foods For Your Dental Health

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FOOD GIVES OUR bodies the nutrients needed to function and stay healthy. But did you know that certain foods will help your teeth stay strong? Here are some of the foods that provide extra help to keep your mouth healthy!

5 Foods That Help Your Oral Health

1. Dairy Products

Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and plain yogurt contain calcium and phosphates. These foods replenish the minerals your teeth have lost due to other more acidic foods. Dairy gives your teeth the calcium and protein needed to stay strong.

2. Sugarless Gum

Bacteria rely on sugar to produce plaque. Sugarless gum doesn’t promote bacteria growth. In fact, most sugarless gum contains xylitol, which battles tooth decay. Sugarless gum also stimulates saliva production which helps your mouth stay clean.

3. Water

Water is important for both tooth and gum health. It is an excellent way to rinse off your teeth and clean your mouth after eating or drinking a sugary drink like soda. It is important to rinse with water after eating or drinking anything acidic.

4. Tea

Green tea contains antioxidants, named catechins, that kill the bacteria that turn sugar into plaque. This also decreases the amount of tooth-attacking acid in your mouth

5. Raw Fruits & Vegetables

Crunchy foods like celery, apples, pears, and carrots are cleaning agents. As you chew these foods they gently clean your teeth. Apples stimulate the gums and reduce the amount of cavity-causing plaque on your teeth. Carrots and celery, along with scrubbing your teeth, help your mouth produce more saliva and help neutralize the acid in your mouth.

All of these foods will help keep your mouth healthy.

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