Eating food is a necessity of life. In order to maintain life and to thrive, eating a diet composed of healthy foods that are rich in vitamins and nutrients is essential. The healthier you make your body from the food you eat the stronger you’ll become and the more energy you’ll have to conduct more activities.
The same can be said about your teeth. There are certain foods that will help stimulate stronger and healthier teeth which will ensure you have a better smile. Here are some foods you should consider eating (if you don’t already) that will promote healthier teeth.
An apple a day keeps the dentist away, but did you know that apples are also known as nature’s toothbrush? The strong pulp in apples stimulates the gums to produce saliva. Apples also have naturally occurring fruit acid knows as malic acid, which cleanses the teeth, in addition to condensed tannins whose properties may help prevent gum disease.
Eat apples without peeling them because the fiber in the skin is essential to ensuring that the acid works well.
This slightly acidic nature of apples however means that leaving the sugar and acid on the teeth for too long will cause tooth decay, as the loosened plaque will again bind itself to the teeth, doing the opposite of what was intended. Therefore, one should ensure to at least drink water after eating the apple, or, even better, brush one’s teeth.
Apples and carrots seem to be peas in a pod, as apples are good for you for the same reasons that carrots are.
Steve Jobs’ biography reveals that he would go for weeks at a time eating the same food and nothing else, so one time he went on an apples-and-carrots-only diet.
His teeth probably became strong, but his skin also turned orange -something doctors confirm can actually happen if you eat too many carrots, though it is harmless.
Dr Kisia reveals that carrots are natural abrasives. “Raw carrot has fiber which has a cleansing effect on the teeth. They also increase saliva flow hence reduce incidences of caries or cavities as the saliva rinses away bacteria and food remnants,” he says.”
These foods, paired with regular dental maintenance at home and visiting your Ottawa dentist regularly will ensure that you have a healthier smile.