How You Can Eat For Healthy Teeth And Gums
Taking Care Of Your Teeth From The Inside Out
Dentists talk a whole lot about brushing, flossing, rinsing, and fluoride. Good dental health care habits are crucial to having healthy strong teeth. What we sometimes forget is that teeth are living in your mouth, and that the nutrients we ingest are absorbed into our teeth and gums.
Eating Nutritious Food Is Good For Your Whole Body
We perform so many treatments to the outside of our gums and teeth, it can be easy to forget that what we eat or don't eat helps promote beautiful strong teeth.
Your teeth and gums flourish when they are fed foods rich in:
Calcium and Phosphorous Foods
Some of the best sources of calcium rich foods are dairy foods like hard aged cheese, yogurt, milk and seafood.
Vegan Sources Of Calcium
Leafy greens like kale, collard greens, bok choy, beet tops, and spinach, and other vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, and asparagus. Tofu and almonds, and black, white, and kidney beans also contain calcium.
Phosphorus can be found in chicken, turkey, pork, liver, and seafood.
Vegan Sources Of Phosphorous
Sunflower and pumpkin seeds, beans and lentils, quinoa, and nuts like brazil nuts, cashews, and almonds.
Foods Rich In Vitamin D
Vitamin D is crucial because it helps your body absorb calcium better.
Fatty fish like salmon and tuna, egg yolks, beef liver, and cheese.
Vegan Sources of Vitamin D
Shitake mushrooms, fortified almond and soy milk, and sunlight.
Foods Rich In Vitamin C
Vitamin C is strengthens blood vessels and reduces inflammation, which may help your gums stay healthier. Vitamin C helps produce collagen, a protein for fighting periodontal disease.
Best sources: bell peppers, oranges, kiwi, strawberries, broccoli, and kale
Foods For Snacking
Crunchy foods with high water content, like apples, celery, cucumbers, and carrots are a great way to finish a meal, or keep late night snacking healthy. The texture of these foods help remove food particles and plaque - so they are also an excellent choice for eating on the road where you are not able to brush your teeth.
Water is the number one best drink for your body all around. The fluoride it contains is great for your teeth. It also helps rinse your mouth after eating, in case you're nowhere near your toothbrush.
Green Tea is rich in the antioxidants that help fight bacteria that can cause inflammation and gum disease.