Teeth are important! No wonder most of us take a really good care of them. Brushing, flossing, scraping our tongue, using mouthwash, we do a lot. Our mouth might very well be the part of our body we take the most care of and yet tooth decay and gum disease are still some of the most prevalent diseases in the world. How come? The answer might hide in the fridge!

Surprising or not, the difference between a healthy smile and frequent visits to the dentist might be your diet. Even if you have a perfect oral hygiene routine, it might be hard to keep your teeth healthy, if you don’t watch what you eat.

Your teeth and gums are a part of your body, and as every other part, need good nutrition to function properly. Specific nutrients are most beneficial for different parts of your body.

Let's see briefly what nutrients your teeth need to stay in perfect shape!

  • Calcium
  • Phosphorous
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Antioxidants
  • Probiotics
  • Anthocyanins
  • Arginine
  • Polyphenols

The question still remains though, what exactly should I eat?

Take a read at the following list and you will find all the information you need!

1. Cheese

As we mentioned above, your teeth need calcium to function properly so don't be afraid to spoil yourself with some good parmesan!

2. Milk

Together with water, milk is the best drink when it comes to your teeth. It’s rich in calcium and other important elements. Milk also lowers the acid levels in the mouth, which helps fighting tooth decay.

3. Leafy greens (spinach, broccoli, kale)

Super healthy, leafy greens are rich in calcium, folic acid and lots of important vitamins and minerals that your teeth and gums love.

4. Fish (fatty fishes, wild salmon, tuna)

Rich in minerals and important vitamins like Vitamin D, fish are a crucial part of any teeth-friendly diet.

5. Meat

Most meats are great for your oral health. They are packed with some of the most important nutrients mentioned above. Red meat and even organ meats are especially beneficial.

6. Black and Green Tea

Think polyphenols! Polyphenols have been known to reduce bacteria and toxic products of bacteria in the mouth. Tea also tends to be rich in fluoride, which is a well-known necessity for healthy teeth. It’s best if you drink it unsweetened as sugar and even honey could ruin the party.

7. Nuts

Nuts are full of health benefits for your teeth. They are packed with tons of important elements like calcium and phosphorus. Especially beneficial are almonds, Brazil nuts, and cashews, which help to fight bacteria that lead to tooth decay.

8. Oranges and strawberries

Both rich in Vitamin C, which you definitely need to maintain your general health status not just your teeth's.

9. Yogurt

A big must since it is packed with calcium probiotics.

10. Carrots and Apples

Full of vitamins and minerals. Also, if you chew them, their hard surface help clean your teeth!

11. Garlic

The allicin that is contained in garlic has strong antimicrobial properties. So, it helps you fight tooth decay and especially periodontal disease.

12. Onions

When eaten raw, onions have powerful antibacterial properties especially against some of the bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease.

13. Celery

This is my personal beloved food! It is super healthy and the closest we have to nature's dental floss!

So you basically now have no excuses! You have all the information you need to keep your teeth healthy and shiny!

Don't forget to brush after eating any of the above-mentioned foods and snacks! They might be healthy but they are still not allowed to stay stuck on your teeth longer than they have to!

For further questions e-mail us and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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