When it comes to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, you might know what NOT to eat (too much sugar, sticky items, hard items, etc.), but what foods can actually improve the health of your teeth? Read on to find out!
Strengthen Your Teeth From the Inside Out
Turns out that keeping your teeth healthy involves a lot of the same ingredients you eat to keep your bones healthy. Calcium and phosphorous are the main components you need to eat to keep your teeth strong. Including dairy like yogurt, aged cheese and milk in your diet gets you the calcium you need.
Can’t handle dairy? Try almond milk (even higher in calcium that cow’s milk), leafy greens (collard greens gets you a great bang for your buck) and cruciferous vegetables (e.g., broccoli), and seafood (try environmentally friendly farmed or wild-caught salmon).
Take Your Vitamins
Whether you get your vitamins through whole foods (the best way) or through supplements, getting enough of the right vitamins plays a big role in keeping your mouth healthy.
- Vitamin D helps your body absorb that calcium you’re getting from the food items above. Get it from fish or egg yolks.
- Vitamin C can help keep your gums healthy by strengthening blood vessels and reducing inflammation. Oranges and other citrus fruits are great sources of vitamin C, along with leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, bell peppers and berries.
- Vitamin K2 is often overlooked, but it’s a great addition to your diet. Vitamin D tells your body to absorb calcium, but it’s Vitamin K2 that tells the calcium where to go! The best places to get your K2 are egg yolks, dairy products and organ meats like liver. (Afraid of organ meats? Try mixing them into a meatloaf.)
Chew Your Water
That’s right — chew your water! Eating foods high in water content like celery, apples and cucumbers helps neutralize the acid and bacteria in your mouth that could otherwise lead to cavities. The texture of these items also acts as a kind of natural toothbrush by helping to scrape away plaque and other food particles.
Healthy Teeth & Gums with Dr. Irwin DDS
With more than 30 years of dentistry, Dr. Irwin has the knowledge and experience to help you achieve the best dental health. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 816-347-9933.