5 Foods That Are Good for Your Teeth and Oral Health

The diet and oral health connection

5 foods that are great for your teeth
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While few of us can admit that we love flossing, we’re frequently told how important it is for maintaining a healthy smile.  We all know the role our oral hygiene plays in keeping our teeth healthy, however the food we put into our mouth is equally, if not more important to get the clean bill of health at your next dental checkup.  

Our last article outlined 5 surprising foods that are great for our teeth.

Now we know you can’t just eat five foods can we? So here are 5 MORE foods that will keep your dental health exactly the way you want it. Eating healthy is all about variety right?

Let’s see what’s on the shopping for tasty, teeth healthy treats.


1) Healthy Food For Teeth: Basil

Basil is not only rich in antioxidants known to protect against DNA damage. The aromatic herb also contains volatile oils that have anti-bacterial properties and may help prevent the overgrowth of harmful microbes in the mouth. 

The powerful taste of basil during chewing represents the first stage of the digestion process that releases these oils into the mouth where your oral bacteria live.  


2) Healthy Foods For Teeth: Eggs

Is there anything that eggs can’t do? The nutrient powerhouses include a host of vitamins including B2, B12 and folate, however they’re also a source of vitamin D. Not only does vitamin D play a crucial role in bone and joint health, preventing osteoporosis, it’s been shown be a factor in strong healthy teeth.

Research has shown that adequate vitamin D levels in the body may be a preventative factor for tooth decay. Eggs certainly help you smile!


3) Healthy Foods For Teeth: Asparagus

Our mouth is home to millions of microbes that manage the normal processes of our teeth and gums while protecting us from harmful invaders.

While we may eat foods for their anti-bacterial properties to keep harmful bugs under control, our diet is one of the important factors in providing the good bacteria enough food so they’ll hang around too.

However whilst they’re beneficial for our health, bacteria feed on types of food that we humans are unable to digest. Instead they feed on fibers that are contained in natural plant foods. Asparagus are an excellent source of the prebiotic plant fiber inulin. Containing 5 percent fiber per weight, raw asparaguskeeps prebiotic ingestion at it’s highest, however fermented asparagus is also a great way too feed your oral bacteria too.


4) Healthy Foods For Teeth: Olive Oil  

Diseases of the gums involve chronic inflammation processes that occur over many years and can be linked to wider systemic health problems. Olives contain a unique phytonutrient called oleuropein. Oleuropein acts to decrease the activity of the enzyme nitric oxide synthase—another enzyme associated with unwanted inflammation in the body.

Whilst not tested specifically for gum disease, the effects oleuropein may help to decrease inflammation processes that occur in gum disease, encouraging a healthy mouth and teeth.


5) Healthy Foods For Teeth: Ginger

As well as microbes, our own bodies system for maintaining a healthy mouth revolves injecting mineral and antibody rich saliva to flush the oral cavity. When saliva is low, dental diseases are more likely to progress.

Ginger is said to ‘warm your insides’ by improving circulation throughout the body by increasing blood flow. However it’s also been shown in studies on rats to stimulate the secretion of saliva flow to the oral cavity. So not only will ginger increase blood flow to your entire body, but could help lubricate the mouth for better dental health as well.


Eating well for better smiles

Your mouth is influenced by every meal you eat, so it’s important to keep your oral health in the best shape it can be by choosing foods that keep your pearly whites healthy and shining!








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