We are constantly reminded which foods are full of sugar or can damage your teeth. We would like to look at five foods that are actually good for your teeth, so you can help maintain your natural healthy smile….
- Dairy products – We introduce milk into our diets from birth as it contains calcium which is needed to help strengthen our teeth and bones. Other dairy products are also beneficial such as cheese and natural yoghurt.
- Sugar Free Chewing Gum – We have advised this in previous blogs, chewing sugar free gum helps to stimulate saliva in your mouth. Saliva is a natural substance in your body to help aid digestion and wash away any acid in your mouth (also reducing bacteria).
- Water, like saliva, helps wash sugars and acid off teeth. Water can also contain fluoride, a natural mineral that protects against tooth erosion and is found in toothpaste. For more information on fluoride, check out our blog dated 15th March 2018: www.mcgrathdental.co.uk/dental-hygiene/fluoride-vs-non-fluoride-toothpaste-2/
- Leafy Vegetables such as spinach requires a lot of chewing which can help stimulate the saliva build up in your mouth. Not only will this help your oral health, it promotes good dietary habits (1 portion of your 5 fruit and vegetable portions a day).
- High Fibre foods such as apples and carrots will help clean your teeth (not as effective as toothbrushing) and remove bacteria from the gum levels as you chew. As mentioned earlier, chewing helps encourage saliva production.