Food and teeth
The primary purpose of your teeth is to help you to eat your food. Just like sugary foods can damage your teeth by causing decay, there are also foods that can strengthen your teeth and improve your oral health.
This one may seem a little ironic as garlic is infamous for creating foul breath! However, garlic is rich in the compound allicin which prevents the activity of a wide range of bacteria that can cause an imbalance in the oral environment. Eating garlic is, therefore, a great way to keep the bacteria in your mouth in check. As for your breath? Well, not so much!
Dark chocolate has a compound called CBH which has proven to harden the enamel of the teeth. The harder enamel on your teeth, the less susceptible they are to decay.
Cheese is great for your teeth in a variety of ways. It contains very high levels of calcium and phosphate which is vital for strong teeth and bones. Cheese also contains lactic acid which is known to prevent tooth decay and has also been known to offset discolouration from other foods such as red wine.
Strawberries have malic acid which is a natural teeth whitener. This means eating strawberries can keep your teeth stain-free.
Citrus fruits are great for your gum health. Fruits like oranges and grapefruit have been known to slow the progression of gum disease by reducing inflammation.
Including these five foods into your diet can help you score some points for healthy teeth and gums during your next visit to the dentist!