7 Tooth Friendly Foods

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mouthteeth.jpgWe all know what’s bad for our teeth. Those things have been pounded into our heads over and over again. Whether it was the first trip to the dentist or a lesson in elementary school, we have a heightened awareness that sugary and acidic foods and drinks will lead to the deterioration of our teeth. And that’s completely true. But in these lessons at school and at the dentist, what I don’t recall hearing—and if they did talk about it, it wasn’t emphasized—was bout foods that are good for teeth, foods that either promote healthy teeth and gums or are nutritionally beneficial for maintaining those pearly whites.

Almond Milk
This one doesn’t often appear on these types of lists. Why almond milk and not just regular old dairy milk? The answer is simple. Not everyone can drink milk. This is a huge fact that many seem to overlook when it comes too listing tooth friendly foods, since many contain calcium and the go-to calcium source is, of course, dairy. Almond milk is nutritious, high in calcium (and protein). Sure, if you don’t have lactose intolerance or any other milk allergy, good old dairy milk is still a good choice.

Carrots, Celery, and Pears
These three are on the list for two primary reasons. One, their packed with nutrients that are great for our teeth and bodies, such as vitamin A. Then, think about the effort it takes to chew raw carrots and celery, or the gritty texture of a pear.. It’s work and because of that work, coupled with saliva production during chewing, our teeth get a little between-brushing scrubbing. Keep in mind, if you eat your carrots and/or celery with a salad dressing or peanut butter, you’ll ultimately negate or reverse the positive effects, since salad dressing and peanut butter typically contains sugar and are thick substances that will stick around in the mouth a while, which will feed bacteria and result in more plaque instead of less.

Cheese and Greek Yogurt
Sure, there could have been a strictly “dairy” category, but these two deserve a shout out. Both of these a generally ok for the lactose intolerant crowd (this varies, of course. Greek yogurt, for instance, has significant lactose in it than regular yogurt making it much easier to digest). Both of these foods are high in calcium and phosphates. Plus, cheese is often high in casein, which can help prevent tooth decay.

Green Tea
Green tea finds its way onto this list due to its antibacterial qualities. It assists to cleanse the mouth of bacteria that may be swirling around ready to cause some tooth decay. It’s not clear how much bacteria it will help eliminate and it’s certainly no substitute for brushing, but this is a case of “every little bit helps.” The great thing about green tea, over, say black tea or coffee, is green tea won’t stain your teeth nearly as bad. Chances are, you could drink a cup of green tea every day for a year before you noticed even the slightest change in hue. Do that with black tea or coffee, and you’ll notice a change within weeks.

About the Author: Harmon Pearson recently began work on a post-graduate degree in Dental Science, with the goal of pursuing a doctorate degree. He also blogs about his experience and writes about dental services. When not studying, he restores antique pendulum clocks.



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