Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing and regular checkup with your dentist can ensure your healthy teeth. But, What about sustaining them for a longer period? Food is also an important factor when it comes to your oral hygiene which may affect your overall health as well.
Studies have shown that bacteria and viruses enter the body through bleeding gums and women with unhealthy teeth and gums are more likely to give birth to premature babies.
Sugar is the main cause of all the tooth related problems so try not to include them in your daily diet and when consumed, drink plenty of water; this would keep your gums hydrated. Same can be done when you drink carbonated sodas.
Here are some food products that can help your teeth and gums become strong and healthy. Eating raw food such as carrot, cucumber, radish and apple can clean your teeth. It also massages the gums and increases saliva which neutralizes the acid content in your mouth.
Protein rich food can also benefit your teeth. Food like cheese, milk and yogurt are rich in calcium. Vegetables and fresh fruits contain vitamin A and C which helps your gums. Beverage like sugarless tea which contains fluoride is good for teeth. Herbal Green tea is also known to kill the bacteria in your mouth that causes cavities and bad breath.
Foods that need chewing are good for the teeth and gums. So, nuts like peanuts, almond, cashews and walnuts which require chewing provides teeth with calcium, magnesium and phosphate. Chewing gum that is sugar free also helps your teeth by stimulating the production of saliva.
Sesame Seeds, Shiitake Mushrooms and Wasabi are some of the foods consumed by our ancestors, which gave good oral health. Studies show that each of these has a quality to kill bacteria in your mouth and strength the bones surrounding the teeth and gums. Chewing of mint leaves after every meal ensures good breath.