Foods For Healthy Teeth & Gums

Healthy Foods

We’re used to hearing that in order to keep healthy teeth and gums, it’s only necessary to uphold a thorough and consistent dental hygiene routine. Though this is true, other aspects go into keeping a healthy mouth — it’s more than just brushing. Your diet also affects the condition of your teeth and gums.

It’s important to keep in mind that gums work overtime to keep your pearly whites happy and in place, so if you don’t take care of them carefully and correctly, you might end up paying the price. Your gums are also responsible for protecting your oral bones and fighting bacteria on the daily basis. A healthy and balanced diet is essential for teeth and gums so keep reading below to learn about the best foods for keeping your teeth and gums, healthy.

Onions
Onions get a bad wrap, depending on who you talk to, due to their strong odor and acquired flavor but food would be pretty bland without the vegetable. Surprisingly, onions don’t only make your food extra tasty, they also work hard to neutralize the bacteria you ingest on the daily basis. The reason onions are so good a neutralizing bacteria is because they possess microbial properties, including sulphur, that help target the most common germs responsible for causing gum disease and cavities. Onions are even better at protecting your mouth’s health when they’re raw or less cooked.

Shiitake Mushrooms
Who doesn’t enjoy some delicious mushrooms in a savory meal? It’s hard to resist the meaty and unexplainable flavors mushrooms add to any and all dishes. Aside from providing great flavor, shiitake mushrooms also provide an antibacterial compound that work hard to prevent plaque-building bacteria in the mouth. The compound is called Lentinan and it boosts the effects of regular prescription drugs — like ones used for treating cancer and HIV. Lentinan have antitumor properties and help reduce the inflammation which can happen as a result of poor oral hygiene.

Dairy Products
In recent years, dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt have started getting a bad wrap due to the new wave of veganism that many are adopting. The truth is that dairy is a great source of calcium and that’s one of the reasons it is so good at keeping your teeth in great shape.

The calcium found in dairy doesn’t only work to strengthen your bones but it’s also great for your gums thanks to a protein found in milk called casein. Casein found in dairy products help to neutralize the oral acids that bacteria produce in the mouth. These are only a few foods that are great for keeping your teeth and gums in tip top shape. Along with a consistent dental hygiene routine, as well as routine dentist visits, your pearly whites should have no issues.

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