Kingston healthy teethYou probably know that eating healthy is very important to your overall health, but did you realize that includes your dental health?  Food plays a very important part in healthy teeth.  Most people know that coffee, wine and sugar are bad for your teeth.  But, do you know what specific foods are good for your teeth?  That’s right, some foods are actually great for your teeth. Calcium rich, anti-bacterial heavy foods and foods that naturally cleanse your teeth as you eat it are all examples of “functional foods” that are good for your teeth.  What’s more quite a few foods fit these requirements.  For instance a Dentist in Kingston Ontario at the McCabe Family Dentistry clinic said that you don’t have to get your calcium from milk, healthy low fat yogurts and cheeses are a good source of teeth and bone strengthening calcium, great to know for those people who don’t like milk. Below are a few more specific foods that are good for your teeth.

Onions are a little known contributor to healthy gums.  According to a member of the McCabe Family Dentist team, a Kingston Ontario dentist, raw onions have an antimicrobial property that kills 4 bacterial strains that contribute to gum issues and disease.  So while you might have to worry about smelly breath, reap the benefits of onions and just chew some gum!  Sugar-free of course.

An apple a day doesn’t just keep the doctor away.  Apples might have sugar in them but they also have plenty of water and fiber.  The fiber in the apple while chewing simulates blood flow in the gums, helping with healing and fighting off bacteria.  Eating an apple also increases saliva production, which helps fight of cavities, keeping those healthy teeth intact. Just don’t remove the skin, as it is the skin that contains most of the fiber.

Carrots are another fiber rich food, that is one major reason they are good for the teeth. Eating carrots stimulates saliva, which decreases the risk of cavities. Carrots also contain vitamin A, an anti-oxidant involved in reducing inflammation.

While it might not be the most exciting food, celery contains lots of water and its texture makes eating it a bit like brushing your teeth. It in no way replaces brushing your teeth, but it does help scrape food away. Celery also has anti-oxidants vitamin A and C.

Ok so not food, but both black and green tea contain something called polyphenols. These compounds have been linked to lower growth rates of the bacteria that form cavities and gum disease. Black and green teas make it harder for bacteria to clump together and lessen plaque build up.

So hang onto your healthy teeth, incorporate beneficial food into your diet!