Teeth-Healthy Foods

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We think about eating well for our heart, our skin, and even our eyes, but what about our teeth? Here’s a guide to some of the most essential foods for maintaining healthy teeth (and a healthy body)! Bon appetit!

Calcium is one of the most important nutrients for healthy teeth. You can find it in milk, fortified soy and rice drinks and salmon.

Since cavities can largely be prevented by fluoride, it can be helpful to search out fluoridated water and teas in addition to the fluoride found in most toothpastes and mouthwashes.

Healthy formation of tooth enamel requires phosphorus (supplied through meat, fish and eggs) and magnesium (in whole grains, spinach and banana).

Vitamin A is also essential for healthy teeth; beta-carotene is what the body needs in order to make an adequate amount of Vitamin A. Beta-carotene can be found in orange-colored fruits and dark leafy greens.

Fresh fruits are a fantastic way to maintain healthy teeth. Although fruit can be sweet or acidic (or both), stimulation of saliva production from eating fruit helps wash away the acidity as well as any lingering food particles in the mouth. Apples are a particularly good choice since they stimulate saliva flow as well as the gums thus reducing the amount of particles left over in the mouth which can lead to decay.

One good indication that your diet may be lacking in Vitamin C is bleeding gums. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables every day, including harder, fibrous ones (like celery or carrots) can help keep gums healthy.

http://www.rd.com/living-healthy/3-surprising-ways-to-keep-your-teeth-healthy/article19045.html

Vanessa Hurley

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