Your diet plays a huge role in the health of your smile. Many people know that staying away from sugar is important to keeping cavities away, for example. But, some are unfamiliar with the foods that actually keep teeth in good shape. Here are five foods that can help you keep your smile healthy.
- Basil: Basil is a natural antibiotic that reduces the amount of bacteria that is in your mouth. Consider growing this herb in your garden, adding it to your pizza, pastas, salads, and other dishes to keep your smile free from harmful bacteria.
- Broccoli: Yes, broccoli may leave some greens stuck in between your teeth that can be quite embarrassing, unless you have someone around to tell you about it in private right away. However, broccoli is great for the health of your smile. This is because broccoli leaves an acid-resistant film on the teeth that prevents erosion. Strong teeth that have not suffered from this erosion hold up better against a number of dental issues.
- Carrots: Carrots have a great deal of vitamin A, which helps to form tooth enamel. This vegetable also cleanses the gums, keeping them free from harmful bacteria that can make their way into the roots of your teeth and cause cavities and other severe issues. You can add carrots to your salads, and even eat them plain with hummus.
- Kiwi: Kiwi has a large amount of vitamin C; a great deal more than any other fruit. Vitamin C keeps your gums from becoming tender and thus susceptible to harmful gum diseases. Gum diseases could cause the need for extensive surgeries that can be expensive. Gum disease could even result in the loss of your natural teeth. So, consider eating kiwi, which is the perfect fruit to snack on, especially on a hot, summer day.
- Pineapple: Pineapple helps to produce extra saliva in the mouth. Why is this helpful? Well, the saliva is what helps to wash away bacteria in the mouth and with the help of the citric acid found in the pineapple, you can kill the bacteria in there, as well. Pineapple is a great fruit to use for tropical smoothies, or for a sweet, fruity dessert. If you don't like pineapple, try chewing gum instead. You'll be able to increase the saliva production in your mouth, and there are lots of different flavors.
Including some of these foods into your diet can keep your smile healthier than ever. For more healthy foods, and oral hygiene tips, contact Sidney Harbour Dental Center.