Dental hygiene isn’t only reserved for the bathroom. Brushing and flossing are super important for your dental health and will help you maintain healthy, happy teeth and gums. But what you eat has a direct impact on your oral health.
Obviously, sugary foods are no good for your teeth and can cause decay and other nasty problems such as cavities and a build-up of bad bacteria which can lead to gum disease. On the flip side eating certain foods will have the reverse effect and have a positive impact on your oral health. In this post, we will take a look at some superfoods that will aid in keeping your teeth and gums in good condition, so you can keep your original chompers.
Capsicum is rich in vitamin C which is great for keeping your gums healthy. A study at the University of California in San Francisco revealed that when people were deficient in vitamin C, their gum health suffered and they reported patients to have excessive bleeding and loose teeth. Capsicum also prevents bad bacteria from penetrating the gums. If bad bacteria do penetrate the gums, this can be detrimental to your oral health. So, dose up on capsicum. I find eating it raw in salads works wonders and is a tasty alternative snack over processed foods.
Yay! Cheese is on the list. I am so glad to hear that cheese has some health benefits and isn’t just fodder for the taste buds. Cheese is high in calcium, which is important to maintain teeth and jaw health. Cheese also raises the pH levels in our frontal face orifice (mouth), which significantly lowers the risk of tooth decay. It also makes us produce more saliva, which is a natural teeth cleaner. Cheddar is better and say yes please to cheese. Or something like that.
Onion breath is a small price to pay when it comes to having a healthy happy mouth. Onion has amazing antibacterial properties that aid in the prevention of diseases in the mouth and in the body. The only downside is that it is most effective when eaten raw. For some, raw onion can be hard to swallow, so why not whack it on a sandwich to make it a bit easier on the palette.
Meats contain iron and B12, which are important for your body’s overall health – and that includes your mouth. If you are lacking in iron or B12, you may experience lesions and swelling in the mouth. If you are vegetarian, you can source your iron from a variety of foods such as tofu and legumes. B12 can also be sourced from dairy products such as cheese and eggs. If you are vegan you’re going to be struggling for your B12 and may want to take supplements, although some cereals do contain B12.
Vitamin D is the main component of fish that will help you have a happy, healthy mouth. A person lacking Vitamin D will eventually suffer from a dry mouth, which can result in a myriad of dental problems. Also, a great natural source of Vitamin D is that burning star in the sky called the sun. So go for a frolic and have some fun in the sun to keep your body in tip-top condition.
Eating leafy greens will benefit your overall general health, including your dental health. They are rich in essential vitamins and nutrients that help the body maintain vigour. They are full of a B vitamin called folate, which is great for treating gum disease. Leafy greens also contain plenty of calcium, which is essential for strong bones and teeth.
Strawberries are jam-packed with vitamin C, which is essential for healthy gums. It is also said that strawberries contain a natural enzyme that actually cleans your teeth and keeps your pearly whites, pearly white. Just be sure when you’re eating strawberries to hold the cream or ice cream. I know, it’s tough – but your teeth are more important than your taste buds.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. And also, the dentist apparently. Apples are a great natural toothbrush. Eating apples help dislodge built-up food and plaque and like strawberries contain malic acid, the enzyme responsible for naturally cleaning your teeth.
Drinking water is essential to life. Drinking lots of water will not only benefit your body in many ways it also helps keep the dentist away. Tap water in Australia contains fluoride with strengthens teeth and prevents cavities, so skip the bottled water and head straight to the kitchen. Water also helps wash away bad bacteria and excess sugar in your mouth. So, bottoms up.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is good for your overall health and that includes your mouth. Try to steer clear of processed sugary foods as they will cause problems for your body and mouth. If you do suspect, you have a dental problem, it’s best to book into your local dentist for a routine check-up as soon as possible.