Good oral hygiene habits and regular dental checkups are essential in keeping your smile healthy. However, the food you consume also affects your oral health. Load up on these food items to help keep your smile looking bright and healthy for a long time.
Cheese and milk
Dairy products like milk and cheese are rich in calcium, which strengthens your tooth enamel.
Nuts such as almonds are also good sources of calcium that protects and strengthens your teeth.
Keeping your mouth hydrated with water helps flush away food particles, prevents dry mouth problems, and helps you fight bad breath.
Green tea is full of antimicrobial catechins that fight off bacterial infections and inflammation. A study in Japan showed that men who regularly drank (unsweetened) green tea had fewer problems with gum disease, compared to others who drank the tea less frequently.
Crunchy fruits like apples and pears have a high water content that fights the multiplication of harmful bacteria by stimulating saliva production. The water in these fruits also dilute their natural sugar content.
Crunchy vegetables such as celery also work by stimulating the production of saliva to flush away food particles inside the mouth.
Strawberry and Kiwi
The high Vitamin C content of these fruits helps protect the sensitive gum tissue from inflammation, infections, and other symptoms associated with gum disease.