New Yorkers like to eat. But have you ever thought about eating for your teeth? In Part 1 of this series we discussed foods that benefit your teeth — like celery and strawberries. We continue this helpful topic with more tips on keeping teeth healthy. If you already have had problems with decay and cavities, you want to pay special attention to what you eat. Some people have weaker teeth and weaker (thinner) enamel than others. Know your risk – speak to your dentist endodontist.
FOODS FOR HEALTHY TEETH
Sesame seeds are similar to celery in that they are also an abrasive food that can help “brush” the surface of teeth and remove bacteria causing debris. They are also high in calcium, which is important in bone and teeth formation, and are extremely easy to incorporate into the diet. Toss a handful of toasted sesame seeds on your next snack or meal, or sprinkle them in your salads.
Vitamin K is essential for bone growth and mineral absorption, it can help strengthen teeth enamel when paired with Vitamin D. Cruciferous vegetables, such as kale and broccoli, are very high in Vitamin K and other immune-boosting nutrients that can also contribute to healthier gums and teeth. Other great sources of this vitamin include egg yolks, hard cheese, pasteurized butter, fermented grains, and naturally-cured salami.
FIGHT BACTERIA WITH PARSLEY
Parsley has been used as a natural breath freshener for ages. This herb is known for its antibacterial properties and may help prevent bacteria that can lead to lose of tooth enamel. Next time, chew some parsley in place of sugary gum or breath mints; not only will it freshen your breath, it can also save your teeth from sugars that can deteriorate enamel.
Now consider having some tea. Naturally high in antioxidants for a healthier oral cavity, almost all leaves that brew tea also contains fluoride, which protects tooth enamel from decay. Green tea, in particular, also contains the antioxidant polyphenol, which protects the teeth by preventing plaque from adhering to its surface. As an added bonus, freshly brewed tea may also help eliminate bad breath for a more presentable smile.
WATER IS YOUR FRIEND
Drinking water can ensure a clean mouth, it washes away trapped debris between teeth that serve as a breeding ground for enamel harming bacteria. For the sake of your teeth, it is also advisable to swish and rinse the oral cavity with water after drinking or eating highly acidic or enamel-dissolving foods, such as alcohol, coffee, or lemons, to keep the harsh foods from dissolving teeth surface and enamel. By keeping yourself hydrated, your body can also have a stronger immune system to potentially help ward off gum disease, which in turn, can be detrimental to tooth enamel.
You’ve heard this from your dentist – but we’ll reiterate it – avoid soda and sugary drinks. Sodas and sweet juice drinks have high sugar levels. Enjoy them rarely, and stick to water and less acidic beverages. If you must have fruit juice, water it down. Your endodontist NYC at Fifth Avenue Endodontics wants you to have clean, healthy teeth! Contact us to learn more. Thanks for reading.