Foods that strengthen teeth

Every time I go to the dentist I am warned about foods that I should avoid. Gummy candies like taffy and caramel can get stuck between our teeth. Sodas and sugary fruit drinks can cause cavities. Hard candies can cause teeth to crack or break. This is all reasonably standard advice, but I wanted to know if any foods could help my teeth. I know that brushing and flossing are important, but my diet has to have some effect on how strong my teeth are, right?

 

While I was trying to figure out if any foods strengthen teeth I found out about this Patchogue Dental Clinic that provides lots of different dental hygiene services. Their website had tons of information on what they do and how their services work. I also found out that there are a lot of different foods that can help your teeth and fight off bacteria just by eating them.

Lots of different bacteria can live inside the human mouth. Many of these bacteria are harmless, but some of them can cause gingivitis, which eventually leads to gum disease. Fruits like kiwis, cantaloupe, lime, papaya, strawberries, and oranges all have natural vitamin C. Vitamin C kills off the bacteria that cause gingivitis. It can also help you store collage in your gums. Collagen is another agent that helps keep our mouths healthy, clean and looking nice. But fruits aren’t the only way to get these nutrients. If you prefer a savory taste, several different vegetables are also a good source of vitamin C. These include tomatoes, orange, yellow and red peppers, as well as sweet potatoes. Most dentists recommend waiting up to 30 minutes after having these sorts of foods. The citric acid in these foods weakens our tooth enamel, and we can end up eroding our teeth when brushing.

A lot of the carb-heavy foods like pasta, bread, and white potatoes break down into sugar. Eventually, this sugar can go on to feed other types of bacteria in our mouth that produce cavity-causing acids. Fortunately, dairy products like cheese, milk, and yogurt can combat these effects. These foods are rich in vitamin D, phosphate and calcium. When we eat them, the pH level in our mouth is raised, and it lowers the amount of acid. This helps prevent tooth decay. We know that drinking milk helps make strong bones. It’s funny that milk also helps make strong teeth, which are also technically bones. The Calcium in dairy products helps our teeth in a couple more unique ways. It sticks to our teeth and provides a defense against acid that lingers around. It can also repair any tooth enamel that’s been damaged by acid.

The last helpful foods I found about are crispy vegetables. Veggies like celery, green beans, and raw carrots force us to chew a lot. Lots of chewing scrapes naturally and removes plaque that can build up between meals or when we forget to brush.