Our oral health depends almost entirely on the foods we consume. This post will provide a brief overview of the best foods for your teeth, the worst, and the effects of some foods you had no idea about.
Best Foods for your Teeth
Garlic is a natural antibiotic that can actually prevent tooth decay. This is due to allicin, a chemical it contains. Our forerunners didn’t know the scientific terms millennia ago, but they were definitely aware of garlic’s healthful properties.
Parsley is great for the oral cavity with its antibacterial properties, reducing the risk of tooth decay. Sauerkraut and asparagus contain probiotic cultures and prebiotic fiber, which protect teeth from decay as well. More specifically, asparagus contains the fiber inulin, which contributes to the health of your digestive tract.
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin A, iron, folic acid, and vitamin C. All of these are crucial to oral health.
Worst Foods for your Teeth
Asian sauces like Sriracha and Hoisin and household staples like honey garlic sauce are delicious. Unfortunately, they aren’t doing your gums and teeth any favors. Sriracha sauce has very high sodium content. It also contains a lot of sugar. Hoisin, the Asian version of barbecue sauce, is a sugar bomb like its US counterpart. If you simply can’t do without sauce, substitute these with oyster sauce. It contains 50% less sugar than Hoisin and Sriracha.
You Probably Had No Idea…
…that kefir is among your best allies against tooth decay. It is high in good fat and Vitamin A and D.
Here’s something even more surprising – chicken drumsticks can actually be good for your teeth! Chicken wings and drumsticks contain collagen, which can prevent cavities.
While liver is an acquired taste, good oral health is not. Liver contains vitamins K1 and K2, fat soluble vitamin A, and vitamin D.
Butter is not the best food for the cardiovascular system because it causes buildup in the arteries, increasing your cholesterol levels. However, it is a great source of fat-soluble vitamins D and A as well as vitamin K2. Dentists recommend butter made from grass-fed cow milk.
The Importance of Regular Check-Ups
Routine dental check-ups are just as important to your overall health as eating the right foods. With screenings and X-rays, we at Dental Roots can prevent periodontal disease and even oral cancer. We can eliminate plaque buildup from your teeth, improving your dental health in just one session. We also offer cosmetic procedures to improve your smile. The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist twice a year. Routine check-ups can help prevent gum disease, which has been linked to stroke, heart disease, complications during pregnancy, and respiratory disease. Gum disease is preventable and treatable, but three-quarters of Americans over 35 have it! With regular visits to your friendly local dentist, you can make sure you’ll avoid it and other common oral conditions.
Dental Roots will take effective measures to maintain the health of your jawbone, teeth, and gums. Your oral and general health is our top priority.
Thank you for reading our post about the best and worst foods for your teeth. We bet you were surprised by at least some of these facts. Do you want to know more about how Dental Roots can help or make an appointment? Give us a call or drop by at our convenient location in Naperville. We look forward to hearing from you!