With the holidays in full swing, you’re probably indulging in more sweet treats than usual. You already know that cavity-causing bacteria feed on sugar, which attacks tooth enamel and causes tooth decay. So, what can you do to counterbalance your holiday cravings? Quality and consistency of many foods can help fight against cavity-causing bacteria. Consider incorporating these foods into your diet to protect your teeth and gums.
1. Milk and other dairy products are rich in calcium and vitamin D, which are powerful in promoting healthy teeth and bones. A perfect reason to drink milk with your cookies!
2. Cheese reacts immediately, sticking to your teeth and rebuilding enamel instantly. Dive into that cheese platter, or include as a topping on your salad.
3. Apples, carrots and celery help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breathe at the same time. Pile these on your plate, and add them to all your dishes.
4. Oranges, grapefruits and other vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables improve your immune system and protect teeth and gums from infectious bacteria. Freshly squeezed orange juice never sounded so good!
5. Fresh cranberries are not only a super food, rich in antioxidants, but they also fight against oral bacteria. Cranberry sauce sounds typical for Thanksgiving, but why not add it to all your holiday dinners?
6. Sesame seeds are similar to celery, as they become a natural brushing agent for your teeth. Make sure to add these to your holiday nut mix and snacks.
7. Eggs are rich in vitamin D which plays a key role in strengthening tooth enamel. And there are so many variations to mix things up i.e. hard boiled, scrambled, over-easy or how about a quiche?
8. Green leafy vegetables are rich in vitamin B and folic acid which promotes cell growth. Add spinach or kale to your morning eggs or afternoon smoothies.
9. Chicken and beef, both high in protein, contain essential minerals in building healthy tooth enamel. Coupling with calcium and vitamin D is a sure fire way to creating healthy teeth and gums.
10. Parsley is a natural breathe freshener. While you may know it as a garnish, this herb is best known for its bacteria preventing properties. Chew on this after your snacks and meals.
While these foods are great in fighting against cavity-causing bacteria, remember to wash them down with plenty of water to clean the mouth, and rinse away debris. Green tea is another recommended beverage, rich in antioxidants and fluoride to protect your teeth from decay. Plus, it naturally freshens your breathe to enhance that beautiful healthy smile!
Enjoy this holiday season with healthy teeth and gums. Wishing you and yours the best throughout the New Year.