Protect your Teeth with These Seven Foods

Written by Adriana Albritton - Reviewed by Consumer Health Digest Team

Published: Apr 22, 2018 | Last Updated: Aug 2, 2019

Best Foods That Can Help Protect Your Teeth

Enjoy a deliciously healthy snack while you strengthen, protect, clean and even whiten your teeth. It is easier than you might think. Here are 7 of the best foods to keep your teeth shiny and strong.

1. Dairy

Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt contain a good deal of calcium which fortifies and strengthens the teeth and bones. Calcium fortified soy milk, almond or rice milk are great options for those who are lactose intolerant.

2. Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds, like celery, are a great natural cleanser for tooth enamel. They are also super easy to add to any meal. Sprinkle a handful on a fresh salad or add a spoonful to your fruit smoothie.

3. Celery

Celery is classified as an “abrasive” food item due to its high fiber content, which means that because it takes you a bit longer to chew, your teeth get a natural brushing and your gums get a natural bath. These stalks are a great way to allow your saliva and the celery to clean your teeth naturally.

4. Parsley

This herb can help prevent bacteria from sitting on your teeth and settling into your gums, which can lead to loss of tooth enamel. This herb has been used as an all-natural breath freshener and can work as a great substitute for a piece of chewing gum. It’s also sugar-free, which is an added perk for your teeth.

5. Tea

Tea is naturally high in antioxidants that can help fight cancer, ward of diseases and purify the body, including your tee. Stick with white and green teas, which are highest in antioxidants, and try to stay away from black teas, which have been known to discolor tooth enamel over time.

6. Strawberries

Strawberries good for teeth
These delicious red rubies are full of antioxidants, Vitamin C and malic acid, which has a naturally exfoliating and whitening effect on the teeth. Add them to your yogurt, salads and more for a sweet taste that won’t ruin your teeth like sugary and processed foods.

7. Kale

Kale contains large amounts of Vitamin K which is essential for bone growth and mineral absorption and may help strengthen tooth enamel and boost your immune system. Not a fan of this leafy green? Try subbing Kale Chips for popcorn on your next movie night or adding a few leaves to ramp up your morning smoothie.

Now you can enjoy these healthy snacks and feel good about eating them while you strengthen, protect and clean your teeth. While eating healthy is an important part of protecting your teeth, it’s important to see a dentist like Dr. Daniel Bade DDS. They can help detect oral problems before they turn into a nightmare.

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