While your daily dental hygiene and specific toothpaste used help to keep your teeth strong and healthy, did you know what the foods you eat have a big impact as well? We’ve posted about the foods that can help clean teeth between brushing (and the worst ones), but this time we’re looking at foods that help teeth from the inside out.
Calcium – Calcium helps to form strong bones and teeth. Luckily, it’s easy to get the right amount of calcium in the average diet. Any type of dairy, such as cheese and milk, has calcium. For those who are lactose intolerant, soymilk and almond milk with added calcium can be beneficial.
Vitamin D – Vitamin D is needed in order for calcium to be properly absorbed. Foods like fish, egg yolks, and sardines are high in Vitamin D, though a supplement can also be used.
Protein – Foods with protein contain phosphorous – good for teeth, especially when paired with calcium and vitamin D, which all work together to create strong, healthy teeth.
Vitamin K – Vitamin K helps to ensure that calcium goes to the right place, working together with Vitamin D for proper absorption. Vitamin K is found in items like broccoli, kale, spinach, asparagus, egg yolks, and cheese.
Green Tea – While green tea doesn’t necessarily make teeth stronger like the rest of the items on this list do, it does help to prevent cavities. Green tea controls bacteria and lowers the acidity of saliva and dental plaque. You can drink regular green tea, or try different flavours to find the one most suites to your tastes.
Water – Water helps oral health for many reasons – not only does it assist in keeping your teeth clean by washing away food particles and acids, it also decreases the pH levels in your mouth. This keeps bad bacteria from growing. Also, if the water contains fluoride, that can help to prevent tooth decay.
As many of these items work best together, it’s a good idea to keep up a diet full of the healthy foods listed. Regular dental visits will also help to keep your teeth healthy and strong, so be sure to come and see us at Southeast Dental in Markham! Book online, or give us a call.