The 7 Best Foods and Drinks for Your Teeth

The 7 Best Foods and Drinks for Your Teeth

Posted on May 29, 2014
    • High-fibre fruits and vegetables. The fibre “scrubs” the teeth and promotes the flow of saliva. Saliva, whose major component is water, is critical to our dental health. It’s the teeth’s first line of defence because it neutralises acids that attack enamel. Saliva also contains calcium and phosphates that help rebuild the minerals on the surface of the teeth. A dry mouth is the perfect medium for acids to get to work, and it goes hand-in-hand with bad breath, so anything that stimulates saliva production is helpful. If you need a snack, one of the best choices for your teeth is raw vegetables like carrots or celery, cut into sticks.

  • Water is not just the source of life, it’s the best friend your teeth will ever have, especially if it’s fluoridated. Water is your saliva back-up. It contains tooth- and gum-friendly minerals, and it’s perfect as a rinser if you’ve been consuming sugary or acidic food and drink.
  • Minerals and vitamins. Foods rich in calcium and phosphorus, and vitamins A, C and D, are especially good for the teeth and your overall health. This includes beef, poultry, fish, tofu, eggs, potatoes, spinach and other leafy green vegetables, beans, whole grains and fortified cereals (these often include extra vitamin B, and fortification is always listed on the packet).
  • Dairy products. As long as you avoid the ones with sugar added, dairy products are full of calcium, which replaces minerals leeched from your teeth. Cheese is especially good because it scrubs the teeth and stimulates saliva, and the casein in it works against the acids in your mouth. It’s fattening though, so just don’t eat too much of it.
  • Who would have thought chewing gum was really good for you? Well, chewing sugar-free gum after meals is a good way of “brushing” your teeth when you can’t actually brush, and it helps produce a lot of saliva. Even better is gum that contains Xylitol, a sweetener that fights bacteria that cause tooth decay.
  • Tea – green and black – contains compounds called polyphenols that kill or suppress bacteria that cause plaque. Coffee also contains polyphenols.
  • Nuts are among the most beneficial foods for your teeth. Many of them, including peanuts, almonds, cashews and walnuts, contain vitamins and minerals that are good for your teeth. Again though, don’t overindulge because they are high in fat, and be careful with almonds – dentists commonly treat patients who have chipped teeth on these hard nuts.
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