We always hear about what food that damage our teeth, what about the opposite? Do some foods and drinks foil the need for cavity fillings?
Top Foods for Tooth Health
Cheese & Yogurt: Studies show cheese chewers with acid levels than even sugar-free yogurt or milk. Cheese is rich in calcium and protein, which strengthen tooth enamel plus probiotics, the good bacteria.
Leafy Greens: Yeah, big surprise! Filled with vitamins and minerals, low in calories, kale and spinach are high in calcium, folic acid and more.
Apples, Carrots & Celery: Crunchy, fiber-filled vegetables and fruits increase saliva production. Apples aren’t spectacularly nutritional but satisfy the sweet-tooth; carrots add loads of vitamin A; celery is bland but provides vitamins A and C.
Chicken Drumsticks: Those little snackers are full of collagen, excellent for joint health and gum health — without healthy gums, forget healthy teeth. Chicken broth may also be a good source of collagen.
Parsley & Garlic: Bacteria represents the greatest threat to strong teeth, and these spices provide solid anti-bacterial agents, antioxidants, phytonutrients and they add great flavor to foods. Garlic has a reputation for promoting bad breath, but parsley has an equal reputation for fighting bad breath.
Top Drinks for Tooth Health
Water: Without doubt, the best dental hygiene choice — cleansing the mouth, keeping you hydrated, no added sugar or anything else.
Milk: Along with other dairy products, is rich in calcium and phosphorous. It contains casein, which fights tooth decay by strengthening existing enamel and repairing enamel dissolved by acidic foods.
Vegetable Juice: When you can’t eat the fiber-rich veggies, drink them. Dark green vegetables (kale or spinach) have B vitamins which fight gum disease; leafy greens are calcium-rich. Drop some fresh fruit in your smoothie to satisfy your sweet cravings.
Cavity Warning Signs
Sensitivity: An uncomfortable tingling when you eat hot or cold foods, or, sometimes, acidic or sugary.
Surface Stains: You might see gray, brown or black spots long before you see holes.
Holes: This is a big red flag, and sometimes develop on the surface where they’re easy to see and treat.
Toothache: If it hurts, something is wrong, and teeth may hurt constantly or only when you bite.
When any of these symptoms arise, get your teeth checked.
Why Should I Contact Smile Solutions in Norman?
“Nothing” can be a sign of cavities or other dental problems because most don’t have warning signs in the early stages. Regular checkups are the best way to prevent serious dental issues. If you need fillings or advice on cavity prevention, contact the premier tooth care practice in Norman, Oklahoma — Smile Solutions.