Foods your mouth loves!
- Calcium: Calcium helps to build strong bones, and since your teeth are made of the same substance as bones, they also need calcium to stand up to the food you eat. Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese are loaded with calcium. Hard cheeses in particular are great for your teeth because they also counteract acidic foods and help to protect your teeth’s enamel. Leafy greens such as kale, bok choy, and Brussel sprouts are also good sources of calcium.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C is crucial for healthy gums, which in turn are crucial for healthy teeth. Your gums keep your teeth firmly rooted and provide the support necessary to keep your teeth alive and happy. Sweet potatoes and peppers are both a solid source of vitamin C, as well as citrus fruits. However, fruits are also acidic foods, so eating too many of them can soften the enamel on your teeth.
- Vitamin D: Your mouth needs vitamin D in order to absorb calcium, which is crucial to a healthy smile. The best foods for vitamin D are egg yolks, mushrooms, and fish. However, if you spend enough time in the sun on a daily basis, your body will naturally produce this essential vitamin.
- Crunchy Food: Crunch fruits and vegetables are great for your teeth because they scrub while you chew. They can remove plaque-causing bacteria, as well as jump-start saliva production which washes bacteria away. Celery, carrots, apples, and pears are all good examples of crunch food that helps keep your teeth healthy.