- Dr Vyla Ellis
Top 5 Super Foods for your Teeth
Did you know that some foods are not only good for your teeth but can even help protect them and prevent decay? Today we look at the top 5 super foods for healthy mouths.
Good news for lovers of this delicious snack. Eating cheese stimulates salivary flow and raises the pH of the mouth in a similar manner to chewing sugar-free gum. This means that eating cheese reduces your risk of decay. Cheese is also a great source of calcium.
Raw, crunchy vegetables are high in fibre and stimulate saliva flow which protects teeth. Eating crunchy vegetables at the end of a meal or as a snack is one of the best things you can do for your teeth.
Nuts are low in sugar and are a good source of calcium and protein. A handful as a snack or added to a stir-fry is good option.
Fruit is high in sugar but crunchy fruits like apples are packed with fibre and water. Eating crunchy fruit stimulates saliva which protects the teeth by washing away food and buffering acid. The fibre in apples also has a gentle scrubbing action which removes plaque. Keep in mind that it’s not ab alternative to brushing your teeth and fruit consumption should always be in moderation.
When it comes to drinks water is the winner hands down. Consuming adequate water improves saliva production and reduces bad breath. Fluoridated water (tap water) will provide the added benefit of fighting decay. For kids, fluoridated water will result in fluoride being incorporated into the developing teeth with gives the teeth a level of built-in protection against decay. Avoid water with additives and bubbles.