10 Surprising Foods and Drinks That are Good for Your Teeth

Our bodies are complex, and the foods we eat directly impact general health and the health of our teeth and gums. While you can consume any food in moderation, try to eat more leafy veggies, fatty fish, and fiber-rich foods for the best oral health. Have you ever thought of having nutrients in your teeth? Which foods are best for teeth and gum health? We are familiar with the expression “You are what you eat” and know how important it is to drink water (especially fluoridated) and how calcium-rich foods help strengthen tooth enamel, but there is more to it! There are ten incredibly healthy foods for your teeth!

10 foods and drinks with surprising oral health benefits
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Bone broth.

It’s a very nutrient-dense food because it is high in minerals like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, which are vital in helping keep our teeth strong. It’s high in collagen, which helps strengthen our gums and teeth. Our teeth and gums are made of collagen and connective tissues, so it is a great food to help support them. The gelatin in bone broth is fantastic for gut health which is directly connected to oral health. 


Cheese.

Cheese is excellent for your teeth because it neutralizes acid and helps to balance the pH level in your mouth, which means more cleansing saliva and fever cavities. Calcium and phosphorus in cheese keep your jaws healthy, while casein and whey proteins strengthen enamel and prevent cavities. The best time to eat that delightful cheese is after a meal, especially after you have had some fruit. 


Celery.

Celery is rich in vitamins A and C – nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel. Chewing celery helps produce more saliva in your mouth, preventing plaque. Eating celery can help keep your teeth naturally clean. According to a new study, celery juice helps reverse tooth decay and receding gums. 


Bananas.

They are a great source of oxalic acids, which help soothe teeth sensitivity. Banana peel contains powerful minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Gently rub the inside of a banana peel against your teeth for 2-3 minutes and rinse thoroughly. The fantastic minerals will absorb into the surface of your teeth to brighten and whiten them.


Almonds.

Almonds are great for bones and teeth. They are packed with essential calcium and phosphorus, which benefit teeth and gums. Almonds have many health benefits, boost the immune system, and help to fight bacteria that lead to tooth decay.


Salmon.

According to many sources, fatty fish is high in omega-3s and is also a stealthy source of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium so that the mineral can protect and strengthen the teeth. Fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and can be effective in preventing periodontitis.


Carrots.

According to a new study, eating carrots prevents cavities. Eating raw carrots will help increase saliva, which reduces your risk of cavities! Raw carrot acts as a natural toothbrush.


Cranberries.

Scientists have found that they are rich in polyphenols and provide antioxidant benefits. Cranberries are effective at disrupting the process of plaque formation. Drinking cranberry juice reduces plaque by up to 95%. 


Garlic.

Garlic is a powerful antiseptic and helps alleviate bacterial infections. The allicin in garlic has strong antimicrobial properties, which can help fight tooth decay, especially periodontal disease, and against some bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.


Shiitake Mushrooms.

Researchers found that these fantastic mushrooms pack a bold flavor and offer anti-microbial properties for fighting tooth decay. They contain a polysaccharide called lentinan, which prevents the growth of bacteria in the mouth. 


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