Healthy Food

Healthy Food List #35: Best Nutrition For Healthy Teeth And Gums

Food list

Basically, get more foods rich in calcium and phosphorous.

1. Cheese: Eating cheese increases saliva, raising the pH in our mouth and lowering risk of tooth decay.

2. Yogurt: Rich in calcium, protein and probiotics (good bacteria that crowds out cavity-causing bacteria).

3. Leafy greens (kale, spinach): Rich in vitamins and minerals and low in calories. Also rich in calcium, which builds your teeth's enamel. Their folic acid content may help deal with gum disease in pregnant women.

4. Apples: Rich in fiber, water and sugar. The saliva produced by chewing apples washes off bacteria and food particles, reducing risk of cavities. Chewing fiber is good for gum stimulation.

Also try these: Oranges (least acidic fruit), pears (good at neutralizing acids)

5. Carrots: Beneficial just like apples.

6. Celery: Rich in vitamins A and C, antioxidants which protect our gums.

7. Almonds: Rich in calcium and protein, and low in sugar. 

8. Fish (fatty fishes, wild salmon, tuna): Rich in minerals and Vitamin D, which are good for the teeth.

9. Black and Green Tea: Contain polyphenols, which help reduce bacteria and toxic products of bacteria in the mouth. Also contain fluoride, which is a must for healthy teeth. 

Another option: Cranberry juice, which has same properties.

10. Strawberries: Rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants and malic acid, which helps naturally whiten your teeth.

11. Brazil nuts and cashews: Help to fight bacteria that cause tooth decay.

12. Garlic: Contains allicin , which has antimicrobial properties, helping fight tooth decay and periodontal disease.

13. Ginger: Fights against bacteria growth in our mouth. Also good for freshening our breath.

14. Onions (raw): Their antibacterial properties are useful against some bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease.

15. Shiitake mushrooms: Rich in tentinan, which fights against plague forming on your teeth.

16. Whole grains (oatmeal, brown rice) : Help reduce the risk of gum disease.

17. Soy:  For healthy gums.

18. Sesame seeds: Rich in calcium. Helps at scrubbing plaque off your teeth as you chew them.

19. Sweet potatoes: Contain vitamin A, which is useful for healthy enamel and gums.

20. Gum: Chewing gum increases saliva production, which washes away bacteria and food particles.