We all know that the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to brush after every meal and floss daily (although it's safe to say that not everyone sticks with these habits). However, that's not all there is to taking care of your teeth. You can also keep them healthy and strong by including certain foods in your diet.
What should you eat to keep your teeth and gums in good shape?
- Dairy: Dairy products, including cheese, yogurt and milk, are high in calcium and phosphorous, which are essential for remineralizing your teeth. Of course, these foods tend to also be high in cholesterol and fat, so it's important not to go overboard. But including limited amounts in your diet can help replenish tooth enamel that has been damaged by acidic content in other foods.
- Green Tea: According to green living site Care2.com, green tea contains chemicals called "catechins" that are effective at making it more difficult for bacteria to accumulate on your tooth enamel and create plaque.
- Nuts and Seeds: High in minerals that are essential for keeping tooth enamel strong, nuts and seeds are also good for teeth simply because they're crunchy. As you chew them, they can break up and remove plaque.
Make sure that when you purchase these foods for your own diet that you try to find organic versions that were produced sustainably and ethically. Particularly in the dairy industry, there are quite a few companies that use environmentally unsound practices in creating milk and other foods. By choosing organic and local brands, you can ensure that your diet not only promotes oral health, but also mitigates your impact on the environment!