Sugar may be “Enemy Number One” to your teeth, but there are healthy foods that can actually build strong teeth. Add more of the following foods to your diet and your teeth will be less susceptible to cavities, chips, cracks, and breakage.
Milk and cheese help to build strong teeth with their calcium content. Calcium strengthens teeth and jawbones, and it also protects against gum disease. Vegans can seek out alternative sources of calcium, such as greens, dried fruit, beans, and fortified non-dairy beverages.
Salmon and mackerel are brimming with vitamin D. This vitamin plays a crucial role in your body’s ability to absorb calcium. You cannot build strong teeth with calcium alone.
Citrus and strawberries offer plenty of vitamin C to keep gum tissue strong and healthy. Vitamin C boosts collagen production and is believed to reduce inflammation. Additionally, the magnesium content in bananas can remineralize teeth.
One of many health benefits of green tea is its ability to build strong teeth. Green tea contains not only fluoride but also catechin polyphenols, which kill bacteria and minimize the occurrence of tooth and gum problems.
Surprisingly, some sweeter foods offer tooth-strengthening benefits. Real licorice and chewing gum sweetened with xylitol can kill Streptococcus mutans, a bacterium which contributes to tooth decay.
Build strong teeth and keep them healthy by eating right and visiting your dentist at the first sign of any trouble. EDP Dental Plan makes those visits more affordable. Call (631) 272-5230 or enroll online today.