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10 Foods That Are Extremely Good For Your Teeth

By Chandreyee Sen

Teeth are an important part of our body. Not only does it help us in chewing the food and breaking it into smaller particles, but adds on to the facial beauty with its dazzling white shine.

Brushing regularly in the morning and before bedtime is essential to remove the food particles from the teeth and to also get rid of the bacteria that can cause plaque or stinky mouth odour.

Besides, weak teeth can lead to gum bleeding and soreness. Further, yellowish teeth can make you fall in an awkward situation in public.

Now, studies show that besides brushing and using mouthwash for cleansing the teeth, there are even some foods that are beneficial for the health of your teeth.

Consuming them can show an effective result in making your teeth stronger and relieving them from any associated diseases.

Let us check out the list of food items which are good for your teeth's health.


1. Sprouted Beans:

Sprouted beans are healthy when eaten early in the morning. They not only help in improving metabolism but also render in losing body fat. Besides all these, this food item has shown subsequent benefit in rendering good health for the teeth. Sprouted beans have a rich fibre content that induces the salivary glands and creates minerals that prevent the teeth from any decay. Soak sprouted beans in water overnight and have them early in the morning.


2. Whole Grains:

Whole grain-containing foods like cereals, brown rice, pasta, and bran have a rich quantity of Vitamin B and iron that are beneficial in keeping your gums healthy. Further, the manganese content of whole grains strengthens the teeth and bones. The fibre content in it helps in easing the digestion process.


3. Lentils:

Lentils such as masoor dal, moong dal, etc., are rich sources of pulses and are beneficial for the body and aid in digestion. Lentils are also good for the teeth because they have a high roughage content that helps in gum and teeth cleansing and increasing the salivation process. They also help in neutralizing the alkalis and acids in the mouth, thereby preventing tooth decay. Have them in your regular diet.


4. Milk Products:

Milk products such as yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, etc., are extremely helpful in maintaining oral health. Milk is a good source of calcium and it is seen that foods containing high amount of phosphorous and calcium prevent tooth decay and strengthen the teeth.


5. Nuts:

Walnut, almond, cashew, peanut, pistachios, etc., have a high amount of phosphorus, magnesium and calcium that render a good teeth health. Having a small bowl of nuts is a good appetizer that satiates the stomach and is good for health. As nuts are usually hard, it strengthens the capability of the teeth in breaking them.


6. Carrots:

Crunchy foods such as carrots induce the salivary glands and increase the secretion of saliva that in turn reduces the risk of cavities. Besides, carrots contain vitamin A and soluble fibre that are beneficial for the health. Have them raw in your salad platter or eat them alone as an appetizer.


7. Leafy Green Vegetables:

The benefits of leafy green vegetables are known by all. From improving digestion to streamlining the waistline, the contribution of leafy green veggies has been abundant. Veggies like spinach, broccoli, kale, etc., have shown a subsequent effect in protecting the teeth. They have a low-calorie content but have a high quantity of minerals and vitamins. Green veggies are a rich source of calcium that creates a hard shield around your teeth and strengthens the enamel. Besides, they also have folic acid that aids in the treatment of gum disease, especially in case of pregnant women. Have these veggies in your regular diet for keeping your body nourished with rich nutrients.


8. Apples:

Sweet foods can have detrimental effect on your tooth and lead to its decay. But natural sweeteners like apples contain a high amount of water and fibre which are good for the teeth. Due to its crunchiness, apples induce the secretion of saliva that prevents the occurrence of the cavity and removes the existing food particles and bacteria. Munching on an apple is also a good oral exercise to strengthen the gums. As it is said an apple a day keeps the doctor away. So regularly consume an apple after lunch.


9. Celery:

Celery is not a delicious or tasty vegetable and earns a bad reputation for being bland. But celery can be like your natural toothbrush, helping to remove the remaining food particles from the teeth and the harmful bacteria. The high content of vitamins A and C in celery further boosts a healthy gum. You can have it with cream cheese as an evening appetizer.


10. Cucumber:

Cucumber is indeed a good appetizer that has shown results in aiding weight loss and satiating the stomach. It even aids in boosting oral healthy by stimulating the gum and increasing the production of saliva. Cucumber is capable of removing the existing food particles, sugar, and bacteria that can otherwise lead to tooth decay. You can have it raw with some sprinkled salt or include it in your salad platter.

So, these are a few natural ingredients, which if consumed on a daily basis can render good health for the teeth.

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Story first published: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 12:30 [IST]