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Nutritional Guide for Stronger Teeth

Brushing your teeth regularly with toothpaste containing fluoride and flossing are essential for healthy teeth. However, what you eat can play a huge role in your dental health as well. The kinds of foods you eat can either harm your teeth or provide important nutrients that the body needs to keep teeth strong. By making smart diet choices, you can take another step toward maintaining good dental health.

Vegetables are great for your teeth for many reasons. Most of the green and leafy vegetables are rich in fiber, which helps to scrub your teeth while you chew. Also, all of this chewing increases saliva production, which helps in cleaning your teeth and neutralizing harmful acids in the mouth. Green leafy vegetables also contain calcium and vitamin C, two nutrients that are essential for healthy teeth. Vegetables that contribute to healthy teeth include spinach, carrots, kale, broccoli, bok choy, and celery. All of these contain vitamins and other nutrients that will not only keep your teeth strong but are also helpful for protecting the gums from bacterial infections.

Fruits, like vegetables, can be rich in calcium and vitamin C, the top elements for healthy teeth. Apples are particularly good for the teeth because of their crunchiness and fiber content: As you bite and chew the fruit, you scrub off plaque buildup, too. Fruits also contain healthy sugars, and if you make it a habit to include fruits in your daily meals, it can help to suppress cravings for other, unhealthy sugars. Some of the fruits to include in your diet for healthy teeth include apples, strawberries, bananas, and oranges.

Milk and other dairy products are some of the best foods for your teeth. For starters, milk helps in protecting your tooth enamel by providing the phosphorus and calcium required to remineralize the structure of the teeth. Dairy products also have natural sugar, and drinks like milk or yogurt smoothies can be good replacements for sugary beverages like soda. Some of the best dairy products for strengthening teeth are milk and cheese, as these two foods contain caseins, a type of protein that forms a protective layer to keep your enamel safe, thus reducing the risk of tooth decay.

Protein is an essential part of building healthy teeth. Most protein-rich foods help by creating a foundation for the growth of strong teeth. Your teeth will need the phosphorous contained in these foods to help protect and rebuild enamel. Protein is also needed for your body to build and maintain gum tissue. The top proteins to include in your diet include milk, cheese, fish, eggs, lean meat, and almonds, which can help you get the nutrients you need for healthy teeth and gums.

Top foods to avoid are those that contain processed sugars. Sugar provides food for harmful bacteria, which produce acids that eat away at your teeth, creating cavities. Cut things like chocolate, candies, cakes, and soda out of your diet as much as possible to keep your teeth healthy. When you do indulge, brush your teeth afterward to limit the damage to your teeth.

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