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Food For Strong Teeth



5 top foods and drinks for healthy teeth


  1. Cheese – cheese is often seen as a ‘naughty food’, but when it comes to healthy teeth, cheese is one of the healthiest foods available.  Cheese is rich in teeth strengthening nutrients such as protein and calcium, but most importantly it’s what we call ‘anti-cariogenic’ which means that it helps to prevent plaque build up.
  2. Tap water – tooth decay occurs when acid attacks the surface of the tooth.  Fluoride helps to repair any damage before it becomes serious.  Small, regular amounts of fluoride in our day are the best way to prevent this damage, which is why regularly sipping on fluoridated tap water throughout the day is one of the best ways to maintain healthy teeth.
  3. Sugar free gum – Chewing sugarless gum has been shown to decrease food particles stuck in your teeth that may lead to cavities.  It has also been found to increase the flow of saliva, thereby reducing plaque acid, strengthening the teeth and reducing tooth decay.
  4. Red meat – red meat is rich in protein and micronutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids, iron and zinc which can strengthen gums and optimise the health of salivary glands.
  5. Broccoli – broccoli is one of the richest food sources of vitamin C.  Vitamin C is essential for strong teeth and healthy gums
 

Nutrients – what we need to strengthen our teeth


Healthy teeth is something that many of us take for granted when we’re young.  But, as a dietitian, I’ve seen many clients who are really limited in the foods that they can eat, as they don’t have strong enough teeth to be able to chew them.  We only get one set of adult teeth, so we need to look after them.  The following nutrients are essential for healthy teeth and gums…

 

Nutrients

Impact

Protein

when you don’t meet your protein requirements it can impact the enamel of our teeth and the health of our salivary glands

Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin A, C & E, copper, iron and zinc

When you don’t meet your requirements for these nutrients, your immune response will be lower putting your teeth at risk of disease

Vitamins D & K, calcium and boron

When you don’t have enough of these nutrients it can impact the strength of the jawbone to keep teeth strong and in place

 

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