Today, let’s revisit a blog entry I did last year…
It’s easy for dentists to tell you what’s BAD for your mouth and teeth (sugary food and drinks, obviously), but I’m going to take time today and tell you what’s good for your mouth. You can build strength and get protection from cavities with the right diet.
The University of Rochester’s Medical Center’s advice is excellent. Here’s what it has to recommend:
- Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Foods with fiber have a detergent effect, according to the American Dental Association, and also get saliva flowing.
- Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, and other dairy products. Directly from the Medical Center’s webpage: “Cheese is another saliva maker. The calcium in cheese, and the calcium and phosphates in milk and other dairy products, help put back minerals your teeth might have lost due to other foods.”
- Green and black teas. Both block acid’s erosion in your mouth and both, especially green tea, has fluoride.
- Foods with fluoride and fluoridated drinking water.
I can’t say dentists are fond of chewing gum (although one of its pioneers was a dentist), but sugarless gums are on occasion cited as a positive for maintaining saliva in the mouth.
As for foods, one of the best is broccoli – it offers both nutrients and some consider eating fresh, raw broccoli as a way to whiten teeth.
I have already done a blog entry about tea and fluoride (click here to read it).