We’re always being told how some foods, particularly sugary candies, are bad for our teeth, but what about the ones that are good for them? Medical Center Dental has the answers with these five superfoods that are good for your teeth and overall dental health.
Did you know cheese is good for your teeth? This is because cheese is an excellent source of calcium which is a critical nutrient for teeth just as it is for your bones. Other foods that are rich in calcium, and which provide the same benefit, include other dairy products like yogurt and milk.
Not only are vegetables an excellent source of many vitamins, but they act as scrubbers of your teeth and gums when you chew them. Eating vegetables regularly helps keep your teeth clean as they remove stains and plaque. For the greatest benefit, make sure to eat a mix of leafy greens and other vegetables like carrots and squash.
Fish, especially fatty fish like salmon and mackerel that are rich in omega oils, are good for your overall health, including your teeth. Fatty fish are also rich in vitamin D, which plays an important role in helping your body absorb calcium which is a vital mineral for strong, healthy teeth.
Garlic gets a bad rap for giving rise to bad breath, and it’s true it can be a little overwhelming, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a superfood, including for your teeth and gums. Garlic has long been known for its powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties that are due to a compound it contains called allicin, and it can directly aid with keeping your gums healthy and fighting off infections. As for the bad breath garlic can cause, eating fresh parsley can counteract it, which is why it is often used to garnish garlic dishes.
You may object that water is not really a food, but it’s so important we are going to mention it anyway. Drinking plenty of water is very good for your teeth. Staying well hydrated helps maintain saliva, which performs an important role in keeping your teeth and gums in good health.
Eating the right foods is important to all aspects of your health, including dental health. You should also visit your Houston dentist regularly to get your teeth professionally cleaned and to make sure no problems are developing and to take prompt action to rectify the situation if they are. To keep your teeth and gums in excellent health, contact Medical Center Dental to schedule a check-up today.