Food To Keep Your Teeth Healthy

One of the most interesting findings in all the research done on the link between diet and periodontal disease is that the less refined and less grain-based the diet, and the higher the intake of raw unprocessed vegetables the healthier the patients’ teeth are. Even without regular access to a dentist! (And it is also possible to cure gum disease without going to a dentist).

It is also vital that good nutrition, particularly adequate intakes of calcium and other minerals are maintained during childhood in order that teeth are well formed and therefore less prone to decay later in life. Also vital in this period are adequate intakes of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Basic supplements can also be helpful.

Most interestingly a diet that is high in phytic acid limits the absorption of these nutrient and diets that are mainly grain based are high in phytic acid. Most modern eating habits are therefore problematic as we mostly eat grain based diets.

The reason for good oral health is simple. Periodontal disease is linked with a 300% increased risk of stroke, an almost 200% increased risk of heart disease, a 700% increased risk of preterm birth, a 400% increased risk of oral cancer and a 50% increased risk of fatal coronary heart disease. This is because any bacterial infection in the mouth then has access to the entire body’s systems. The same type of plaque deposits are found in the mouth and in the arteries!

Increase the intake of the following foods for healthy teeth:

  • mineral rich vegetables,
  • bone broths and meats,
  • healthy fats in the diet,
  • high fibre foods (natural tooth detergents),
  • water, green and black teas (natural cavity fighters),
  • nuts (particularly almonds which are rich in calcium and pH neutral)

Besides these positive changes the most important changes to make to ones nutrition for improved tooth health is to limit foods containing sugars (even natural) or starches. Also vital is cut down on beans and grains as much as possible.

More Tips

Make sure that you try to avoid sodas when you are drinking during the course of the day. Beverages rich in sugar can cause tooth decay and discoloration unless you brush your teeth right away. Your teeth will look much better if you drink water during the day.

Drink via a straw. If you do this, your drink goes mostly through the lips to the throat, not off your teeth. Doing so will help keep your teeth from getting stained. You can get a lot of straws cheaply at a local store.

You can chew sugarless gum to help with good dental health. Gum chewing will produce more saliva inside your mouth. This will keep plaque from forming and causing decay. They can neutralize harmful acids that can damage your teeth.

Replace toothbrushes regularly. You need to replace your toothbrush a minimum of every 3-4 months, although two months is ideal. Even if you think the toothbrush looks fine, its bristles are most likely frayed. A new brush cleans much more effectively. It is important you get a new toothbrush every three months.

Flossing at least once a day is something you should do for your oral hygiene. Flossing can make all the difference in the world where your oral health is concerned. Place the floss between your teeth. Move the floss backward and forward. It shouldn’t be in your gums, but rather on the gum line. Carefully make the floss go back and forth to clean every tooth.


May 22, 2016

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