Maintaining healthy teeth is not just about sticking to a routine of proper oral care. Here, too, the adage you are what you eat holds true. There are some foods that will be good for your teeth while others will make it worse leading to various conditions such as tooth decay or gum disease. Here, we look at some healthy fruits that will help you maintain healthier teeth.
While it is generally advised that you steer clear of sugary foods in order to maintain the best oral health, apples are one category of sugary fruits that are actually beneficial for your teeth. Its strong point is its strong fibre and water content. When you eat apples, a lot of saliva will be secreted by the mouth and this will help in rinsing off the food particles and bacteria. The fibrous nature of apples also has a stimulating effect on the gums. The overall action of eating apples helps in keeping your mouth clean until you brush your teeth again. It is advisable to eat an apple after every meal so as to benefit from its strong rinsing effect on your teeth and help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Carrots may not be as sugary as apples but they are crunchy which gives your teeth a soft abrasive scrubbing. For this to have maximum impact on the health of your teeth, eat a clean carrot after every meal. The fibrous and crunchy nature of carrots will also results in the production of vast quantities of saliva that rinse off the food particles and bacteria from the mouth and also minimizes the risk of cavities. Carrots are not just crunchy, they are also a great source of Vitamin A.
Almonds may not have the crunchy and abrasive effect but they are great sources of calcium and proteins. They also have very low sugar content so as an unlikely to cause tooth decay. You can add these to salads or eat a quarter cup of almonds everyday when you take your lunch.
Strawberries are another category of fruits that will be excellent your teeth. Although they are sugary and coloured, they pack lots of Vitamin C and antioxidants that not only helps in maintaining good teeth but are also good for your overall wellbeing. Strawberries also contain malic acid which is a natural teeth whitening agent.
Last on our list of the best fruits for your teeth is celery. You probably don’t like it because of its bland taste but it is highly beneficial for your teeth. It is almost like natural floss thanks to its watery flesh and the strings of fibre in it. Eating celery is like using a “natural toothbrush”; it will scrape off the bits of food particles on your teeth. It also provides your body with plenty of beneficial vitamins such as Vitamin A, C and antioxidants that strengthen your immune system.
This is just a small set of the myriad fruits that will contribute to healthy teeth. There are numerous others that you can try out such as sesame seeds, pears, kiwis, and ginger among others. Combine these with greens, dairy products and regular oral care routine and you will have those adorable and pearly white teeth with which you can smile confidently.