Your natural teeth are irreplaceable (unless you opt for dental implants) and you want to do everything you can to take care of them for the rest of your life! Sugar and other processed foods can lead to cavities, and cavities will slowly create more tooth decay, and this will eventually lead you to needing a filling, dental crown, or even an extraction. That’s why oral health care is not just about keeping good dental habits, but also about your comprehensive health, such as your diet! Here are a few ideas about what you should eat to keep tooth decay at bay!
Raw veggies of any kind are great for your teeth! Carrots, peppers, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and snap peas can all help scrub your tooth surfaces while you snack!
Raw fruits are great too, but of course they have some sugar. Limit the amount, but feel free to include some apples and pears.
If you really don’t like the taste of raw veggies, then consider a healthy dip, such as hummus made from chickpeas, or a fresh pico de gallo, made from more vegetables!
To make pico de gallo, simply chop fresh cilantro, tomatoes, onions and jalapeños in ratios to meet your taste for a great fresh dip to scoop up with cucumbers or colorful bell peppers.
Carrots: Tooth-friendly food for all ages!
Eat healthy, crunchy snacks like carrots to gently scrub your teeth, removing biofilm and plaque, and naturally remove surface stains. The minerals in carrots also kills germs and can prevent tooth damage! For babies who are teething, a frozen carrot can provide relief from discomfort and pain.
Cheese is your friend! And milk! And yogurt! Teeth like calcium, which milk products are full of.
Surprisingly, so is broccoli and spinach, so a spinach salad with cheese would be great for your teeth and taste great too. A little bacon never hurts.
Enjoy white beans, salmon, sardines, almonds and oranges (although maybe not all together) for even more calcium. These foods are great to eat if you’re lactose intolerant or cutting down on dairy voluntarily.
Ever hear of casein? It’s a protein that protects your tooth surfaces – just another added benefit of milk products.
Feeling sharp? Try goat’s milk or goat cheese. It’s even higher in calcium and casein and has a nice bite to it, like feta.
Just remember, snack smart! Crunchy, calcium, and low sugar is the way to go. Your teeth will thank you by hanging around!
What’s your favorite snack?
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