Healthy teeth are very important for your overall health. Those who have ever had a toothache will probably agree. The oral cavity is the first step in the digestion system so daily nutrition inevitably affects it. Therefore, it would be useful to know what kind of food is beneficial for our teeth and gums and what we should be careful about.
As long as we keep the enamel healthy we prevent our teeth from decay. In order to support the enamel, we should eat food rich in calcium. As everybody knows whole milk and its products like buttermilk, many sorts of cheese and yoghurt are excellent sources of calcium. Moreover, not only dairy products are rich in calcium but also spinach, kale, collard, sardines, salmon and soy beans. These products are important for those who have lactose intolerance. Since vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption, you should check if there is some fatty fish, eggs, beef liver or mushrooms on your menu. This food is rich in vitamin D and helps to digest all the necessary calcium.
Usually forgotten but very important
Usually people are focused on getting sufficient amounts of calcium and forget that magnesium is also important. Human organism needs a balance of these two minerals – two parts of calcium to one part of magnesium is required for supporting many structures, including healthy bones and teeth. Moreover, people with magnesium deficiency are more likely to have periodontal disease. Food that contains high levels of magnesium includes buckwheat, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cocoa, bran, spinach and brown rice.
Food for healthy gums
Healthy gums are crucial for healthy teeth maintenance. According to the Journal of Periodontology, people who consume less vitamin C are more likely to develop gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Vitamin C is necessary to maintain healthy gums because it has the antioxidant effect and is crucial in building connective tissue. You should eat sweet red pepper, kiwi, lychee, citrus fruits, cauliflower and potatoes as they are great sources of this vitamin. However, chewable vitamin C is not a good option, because it causes enamel demineralization (erosion). Another important substance preventing gums from disorders is coenzyme Q10. It has a remarkable antioxidant effect and reduces the amount of the harmful radicals in your mouth. Excellent sources of coenzyme Q10 include red meat, sea food, nuts and seeds.
A pleasant surprise
Believe it or not but eating dark chocolate is beneficial for your teeth. New research shows that dark chocolate fights tooth decay. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants which prevent plaque from forming. Plaque is a great environment for bacteria to live. Those bacteria convert sugar into acids and cause erosion of the enamel which results in cavities formation.
Tea fights bacteria
Green and black teas contain reactive metabolites that have anti-cariogenic effect (preventing from tooth decay). These substances kill bacteria or prevent them from multiplying. Moreover, they neutralize the bacterial enzyme called glucansucrase that is responsible for long bacterial chains sticking to teeth. Studies showed that these effects can prevent tooth decay and may be a great prophylaxis of oral diseases.
Food that cleans your teeth
Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, carrots and celeries serve as great plaque removers. They remove plaque together with bacteria and prevent teeth from damaging effect of organic acids. Moreover, crunchy consistency of food stimulates saliva production. Saliva is very important for health teeth maintenance because it fights bacteria provides enamel with necessary proteins and minerals. However, you should be careful with sour apples, because fruit acids erode enamel. In case you love sour apples and cannot replace them with anything else, rinse your mouth with a glass of water after eating an apple.
Attention: cariogenic food
A term cariogenic means promoting the development of tooth decay. You probably already know that all sweets and soft drinks are harmful for your teeth. However, products made of cooked starch (for example, potatoes) are even more cariogenic. This is because starch stimulates bacterial acids production in the mouth more vigorously than sweets. Moreover, cariogenic food also includes healthy products such as grains and fruits. However, it does not mean, that you should quit eating this food. What you should do is brush your teeth or at least rinse your mouth after eating this food.
The article was brought to you by specialists of clinic Nordimplant.