We talked recently posted about the important role fluoride plays in oral care and how fluoride works to both restore damaged enamel and prevent against future damage.
Did you know, though, that there are a number of foods that also help strengthen tooth enamel? Take a look below:
Tap water is an excellent source of occurring fluoride, a tooth-healthy mineral that protects against tooth decay.
Milk And Dairy
The calcium found in milk helps strengthen teeth enamel and promotes remineralization. It also promotes saliva production, which helps to wash away cavity-causing bacteria.
Tea leaves also contain fluoride. Green tea in particular is good for oral health as it contains an antioxidant that prevents plaque from adhering to the surface of teeth.
These juicy berries are an excellent source of antioxidants and actually contain an exfoliating agent that helps to whiten teeth. We’re not saying you should replace your toothbrush with a strawberry, of course, as too much of the acid found in the fruit can do damage. But pop a couple strawberries in your mouth from time to time and you’re doing wonders for your oral health.
Celery has a number of benefits for your teeth and gums. The rough, fibrous nature of the vegetable actually cleans the surface of teeth as you chew it. And the extra time you spend chewing it helps keep your gums strong and healthy.
Leafy Green Vegetables
Kale, broccoli, and other leafy green veggies are excellent sources of vitamin K and calcium, both of which promote strong bone and tooth growth.
Look for canned sardines and other fish with edible bones. The vitamin D in these foods helps regulate proteins that help in the production of tooth enamel.
It’s not just milk and dairy that can be a good source of calcium. Sesame seeds are also good in this category and, like celery, are abrasive enough to help clean teeth while you’re eating.
Go ahead and have that burger or piece of beef jerky. Animal protein contains phosphorus that, when combined with calcium and vitamin D, helps build strong teeth and bones.
Let Us Help You Achieve Your Healthiest Smile!
At Soft Touch Dental in San Diego, we can’t promise to keep your fridge stocked with teeth-healthy foods, but we can promise to continue to offer a wide range of dental services that will help brighten, strengthen, and straighten your smile. Our general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and orthodontic services include:
- Dental implants
- Dental exams and cleaning
- Root canal therapy
- Composite fillings
- Dental sealants
- Porcelain crowns
- Porcelain bridges
- Sedation dentistry
- And much more
Give us a call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fakhimi today!