5 Foods to Incorporate Into Your Diet for Healthier Teeth

5 Foods to Incorporate Into Your Diet for Healthier Teeth
Posted on 02/28/2016
While good oral health habits such as brushing and flossing your teeth every day are essential to maintaining healthy teeth, the foods and drinks you consume every day also affect the strength of your teeth. People who are looking to give their teeth a leg up in the health department can start by incorporating these five types of foods into their diets.

1. Dairy

Dairy products strengthen and assist in remineralization of teeth with their calcium and phosphorous attributes. They are also useful for saliva production, which helps to maintain pH levels, protecting the teeth from bacteria. Excellent dairy choices for healthy teeth include cheese, milk, yogurt, and soy milk.

2. Vitamins K and D

Vitamin K is useful for both mineral absorption and bone growth. Vitamin D assists in regulating proteins in the creation of tooth enamel. When paired together, they both help to strengthen the enamel of teeth. For vitamin K, eat plenty of broccoli, kale, and egg yolks. For vitamin D, try any combination of egg yolks, fish oil, and sardines.

3. Strawberries

Strawberries are not only perfect snack or dessert, but they also contain malic acid, which can help whiten teeth and remove tartar. These berries are also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which work to keep the mouth cleaner overall.

4. Protein

Many types of protein are also rich in phosphorous, which promotes healthier enamel for the teeth - especially when combined with vitamin D.  Chicken, beef, and tofu are great options for getting a lot of protein in your diet.  

5. Water

Plenty of water should be a part of everyone’s diet. It washes out the mouth, keeping bacteria at bay. Drinking lots of water promotes a healthier body which can help the body fight off gum disease. It is also wise to drink water after consuming acidic foods or beverages to prevent potential damages.

Incorporating any of these foods into your diet along with a regular checkup at Briarwood Valley Dentistry should help to promote stronger, healthier teeth for life.