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Superfoods & Minerals Every Tooth Needs
There’s so much talk about what foods are bad for your teeth, but there is a smorgasboard of good stuff too! The best foods for your teeth and gums neutralize acids, deliver vitamins and minerals that repair tooth enamel, and stimulate saliva. Foods rich in vitamin A promote salivary flow in your mouth and help keep gums healthy. Vitamin B-containing foods (like poultry, mean, beans, legumes, and green vegies) ward off mouth sores and oral swelling. Vitamin C, found in many fruits and vegetables, helps build and repair connective tissue, which helps prevent gum inflammation. Vitamin D, of course, is key in that it helps regulate blood levels of calcium and phosphorus, both important in keeping your teeth strong. Calcium is what keeps strong the jaw / bone structure that holds our teeth in place, and phosphorous supports calcium.
Note: We are not proposing diet as a cure for tooth decay. This article serves simply to generate awareness about how foods promote healthy teeth and gums and perhaps interest you in doing your own research in order to incorporate tooth-friendly foods into your diet. We make no claims with regard to the effectiveness of any of these foods, and nothing replaces regular visits to your dentist!
Dark Chocolate (Really? Some say yes, some say no)
Yogurt (plain, nonfat)