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Nutrition and teeth

Just like teeth are an integral element in the consumption of most foods, certain foods should be viewed as integral elements in the health of teeth. To supplement the care you're providing with regular brushing and flossing, we've provided a list of the best - and worst - foods to watch out for when you're thinking about dental health.90619536

In addition to containing calcium, an important ingredient in healthy bones, unsweetened yogurt is also low in acidity and sugar. Similarly, cheese has high calcium and phosphate contents, which balance pH levels, preserve enamel, produce saliva, and kill bacteria.

Sesame seeds are also high in calcium.

Fruits such as kiwis, apples, strawberries and citrus fruits contain vitamin C, which is essential to not only your oral health but for the rest of your body as well.

Orange vegetables - such as pumpkins, carrots, and sweet potato, as well as other vegetables such as broccoli, contain vitamin A, which, during tooth development, aids in the building of enamel. Crunchy vegetables also cleanse and stimulate gums. Celery is particularly effective for this, and also helps the mouth generate saliva. Any food that requires at lot of chewing - from vegetables, to fruits, to whole grains, is beneficial to your teeth and gums.

Despite their reputation as contributors to bad breath, onions contain antibacterial sulphur compounds that kill numerous types of bacteria. They are particularly effective when eaten freshly peeled and raw. Parsley or mint are great choices to follow-up onions with, as they will help you maintain sweet-smelling breath.

Shiitake mushrooms contain lentinan, which studies have shown may prevent bacteria from forming plaque. Similarly, studies have indicated that wasabi is also effective in preventing the growth of bacteria.

Finally, chewing sugar-free gum can help prevent decay, as it encourages your mouth to produce saliva.

On the less positive side, it is common knowledge that sweets are detrimental to teeth. Sugary foods cause tooth decay, whether you’re consuming artificial or natural sugars. The sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque, which creates harmful acids that attack your teeth. The most important thing with sugar is to limit it to mealtimes, so your teeth are not under attack all throughout the day. That being said, the total amount of sugar consumed should be limited as well.

Acidic foods are also an issue, as the acid can erode the enamel on your teeth.

In general, it is better for your teeth if you limit eating to a few times a day, as opposed to snacking frequently. If you do need to snack, it is best to opt for foods that do not contain excessive sugars. Preferable snacks include cheese, raw vegetables, and nuts.

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