We all know that a diet full of nutrient dense foods is vital to living a healthy thriving life. Did you know that what you eat also makes a difference in your dental health? Tooth decay doesn’t happen for no reason and our diet has a significant influence on our oral health.
What is essential to dental health is a diet rich in fat-soluble vitamins, minerals and whole, unprocessed foods and limiting sugar. Eating as close to nature as possible is key. Eating nutrient and mineral dense foods every day will support your body and lead to better dental health.
Now onto 6 specific foods that will help your teeth…
Oh how we love avocado, so creamy and delicious. Avocados are high in important fatty acids, which help you absorb fat soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K. Avocados also are full of prebiotic fiber that promotes healthy digestion. Prebiotic fiber feeds probiotic bacteria in your gut and oral micro-biome, which leads to a healthy oral environment.
Leafy greens are a necessity for any healthy diet. They are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Leafy greens are also high in calcium. Calcium is needed for healthy teeth and leafy greens is a better source of calcium than dairy. Why is that? Leafy greens are high in calcium and rich in potassium which has a strong connection to supporting calcium and oral health. Potassium aids in calcium reabsorption, they work together. Potassium slows down the process of bone resorption, which happens to everyone. In this process, cells called osteoclasts break down bone to allow for new bone growth. As we age, the new bone formation can slow down and be outpaced by bone resorption.
Apples are high in water and fiber. Chewing apples stimulates saliva production. Saliva production helps get rid of bacteria and small food particles in your mouth. Fiber found in apples also stimulate your gums and acts like a mild astringent. Remember to eat them with the peel on - where a lot of the nutrients are found in apples!
Fermented Veggies, such as sauerkraut aka fermented cabbage. Sauerkraut is full of live probiotic cultures which aids in digestion and a healthy oral environment. It also contains lactic acid forming bacteria which inhibits disease-causing bacteria.
Garlic - a delicious addition to most meals is also great for your teeth! Garlic is full of antibacterial properties, most importantly “allicin”. Allicin is also an anti-fungal and an antiviral. It helps with oral flora imbalance. Garlic also has prebiotic fiber, which contributes to overall gut health which is directly related to our oral environment.
Nuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids which strengthen and support teeth and gum tissue. They are rich in important vitamins and minerals, such as calcium and phosphorus. Saliva contains trace amounts of calcium and phosphate, so foods rich in these help restore minerals to areas of teeth that have lost them from bacterial acids.