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Don’t Think Just Brushing & Flossing Can Help You Have Great Teeth; Your Choice Of Food Is Also Key

By: Shubham Ghosh

How to keep your teeth healthy and own a pearly smile? Most will answer that regular brushing and flossing will do it for us. But do you know that a suitable diet and certain foods can also help us in maintaining healthy teeth and gums?

A diet which contains adequate nutrition, including vitamins C and D, calcium and others can give us healthy teeth. Along with taking these, it is very important to reduce the intake of foods that cause cavity in our teeth.

Here, we have a look at foods that help us in having great teeth and those that stop us from having the same, check them out:


1. Water:

Yes, this liquid food tops the list of foods that give us great teeth. The more water you drink, the more it cleans up your mouth's inside and flushes out the raw bacteria.


2. Drinks That Have Zero-sugar Content:

The more sugary items you eat or drink, the more your teeth become vulnerable to acid and bacteria. Hence, besides reducing sweet intake, go for sugar-free drinks.


3. Also Sugar-free Chewing Gum:

Chewing gum is good for our oral health, as it increases the flow of saliva, which neutralizes the acids in our mouth and guards the tooth enamel. The saliva works as a cleaning agent that reduces the duration of food particles remaining stuck to the teeth.


4. Citrus Fruits:

They are acidic no doubt; but they also increase the saliva flow. They also protect the tooth enamel and wash away the bacteria that produce acid.


5. Milk, Unsweetened Yogurt & Cheese:

These neutralise cavities. They encourage production of saliva, while the protein, phosphorus and calcium in them protect the enamel. They are also considered to be helpful in strengthening the teeth's protective minerals.


6. Fish:

Gum disease seriously can damage the health of our teeth and it occurs when bacteria get accumulated in pockets; and the result is inflammation harming the connective tissue between the teeth and the gum bone. Hence, it is important to eat foods that reduce gum diseases and among them that reduce inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids are rated among the best. These are found in fish that also provide phosphorus, which is very essential for building the tooth enamel. Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in flax seeds.


7. Crunchy Foods And Vegetables:

These have a high water content, which helps in washing out the sugar. The fibre in them also helps in keeping the teeth clean. They also help in building a healthy gum, thanks to the Vitamin C in them, which builds collagen.


8. Poultry, Eggs & Lean Meat:

The protein and phosphorus content in them help in giving you healthy pearly whites.


9. Cocoa:

For chocolate-lovers, this is a great news indeed. Cocoa content appears to take care of the inflammation and protects against tooth decay. Dark chocolate is even better than milk chocolate in this regard, thanks to its low sugar content.


10.Whole Grains:

Finally, to end the list, we would suggest you to opt for whole grains. The magnesium content in them helps us have strong enamel and jaw.

Besides having these foods, it is also important to say no to the ones that are starchy, highly sweetened, etc. Also, avoid coffee, tea, and sugary cereals.

Beverages are even more harmful, since slow intake of these means the acid level in the mouth remains high for a long period of time. So, follow these food habits and get a guarantee that your teeth will be unbeatable.

Read more about: healthy, teeth, foods
Story first published: Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 12:38 [IST]
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