It’s common knowledge that sugary, sticky, gooey, and hard foods are harmful for the teeth, especially for those who wear braces.
Fortunately, there are many healthy foods and beverages out there for a healthy set of teeth, as you’ll soon see:
1. Unsweetened tea
Depending on the type of tea, tea can be great for stress, weight loss, and promoting a healthy immune system, but did you know tea (green tea in particular) is great for the health of the teeth?
It’s true! In a 2009 study in Japan, participants who drank one cup of green tea on daily basis had a lowered risk of bleeding gums and gum recession, thus a lessened risk of gum disease. The antioxidant found in tea are perhaps linked to this finding.
2. Sugarless chewing gum
A lot of people link chewing gum with fresher breath. Some even see chewing gum as an unhealthy substance for the teeth; however, sugarless chewing gum can be very healthy for the teeth.
Gum can promote saliva production helpful in reducing oral bacteria and even help clean the mouth of leftover food particles to reduce the chances of tooth decay from occurring.
Just be sure the gum does not contain sugar; otherwise this will counteract gum’s cavity-fighting technique considering it has the natural capability to “collect” missed pieces of food within the teeth.
Nuts are great in lowering cholesterol; however, who’d think nuts would be healthy for the teeth as well, especially with them being a crunchy and often salty snack?
Rich in protein, nuts from almonds to cashews create a strong set of teeth. As well as this, nuts increase saliva production, preventing dry mouth.
The increase in saliva helps to wash way bad bacteria in the mouth known to cause cavities and other oral-related issues.
Say cheese! Cheese, being a food containing high amounts of calcium, creates strong and health teeth. Most would consider cheese and other dairy products to primarily make the bones stronger, but cheese also helps to replenish lost minerals necessary for a set of tough teeth ready to ward off oral-related problems.
In addition to this, cheese provides probiotics, as do other dairy products. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that help fight off bad bacteria that can cause cavities, gum disease, and other oral-related issues including digestive-related problems.
5. Sugarless real-fruit drinks
Even though fruit beverages containing real fruit (specifically low- or non-acidic fruits such as apples, kiwis, bananas, and cantaloupe) and no added sugar are seen as a great source of nutrients for the general body, some still don’t believe these beverages are healthy for the teeth given that these drinks are still sweet in flavor.
However, this sweetness in flavor is due to the natural sugars of the fruit, and these natural sugars are much safer for the teeth. Fruits contain many vitamins and minerals vital for a healthy body and set of teeth. When your body is healthy, your teeth are more than likely to be healthy – They do in fact have a correlation.
Remember, consuming nutritious, healthy foods and beverages without added sugar is key to a healthy set of teeth. Low acidity is also important.
Make sure that if acids are consumed that you wait at least a half hour before brushing your teeth to ensure your mouth neutralizes and that the acids are not rubbed deeper within the teeth.
Keep in mind that everything in moderation is key and that biannual dental visits and twice-a-day brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash in addition to a healthy diet should also be considered.