Foods to Feed Your Smile

Dental Nutrition for a Healthy You

Foods that Feed Your Smile

We all know that too much sugar is bad for our teeth. But, most people probably can’t name foods that actually promote healthy teeth. Research shows there are foods that will keep you smiling.

Basil – The oils found in Basil are known to kill bacteria and reducing bacteria levels in the mouth could reduce your risk of tooth decay.

Broccoli – A 2010 European study suggests the iron in Broccoli may help form an acid-resistant film on teeth. Other high-iron foods may also be helpful in protecting teeth from acid.

Carrots – Not only do Carrots fight bacteria growth, but eating them may help clean your teeth and gums. They also contain lots of Vitamin A, which is important for healthy tooth enamel.

Cheese – There is a good reason to say “Cheese” when you smile for a picture. Cheese has proven to be one of the super foods for preventing cavities. The calcium in cheese helps prevent demineralization caused by plaque and the fat has been shown to reduce bacteria. The old after-dinner Cheese board may have been more useful than most people would have thought.

Ginger – Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties that support healthy tissue throughout your mouth and the rest of your body. It can also be beneficial in reducing damaging acid reflux.

Green tea – You have to watch the sugar in bottled versions, but green tea can kill bacteria in your mouth that can lead to gingivitis and bad breath.

Onions – Raw Onions contain compounds that fight bacteria. Sorry, cooked onion rings are not a substitute.

Orange Juice – The vitamin C in Oranges and Orange Juice is a collagen builder, which helps your gums and your facial skin stay healthy.

Salmon – Salmon and other fatty fish, like albacore tuna, are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which studies suggest could cut your risk of gingivitis by 20%.

Shiitake mushrooms – This variety of mushrooms contains a type of natural sugar called Lentinan that can reduce bacteria growth in your mouth.

Strawberries – Not only do they taste great, but Strawberries are high in fiber and Vitamin C so they promote healthy gums.

Wasabi – This spicy sauce contains compounds, which, like many other foods listed here, help fight bacteria growth in the mouth.