There are a lot of rules about food for maintaining oral health. Most dentists recommend reducing sugar intake and avoiding foods that stick to the teeth, such as taffy, caramels, and similar foods. Most people are also aware that certain beverages can stain teeth, such as red wine and grape juice. However, did you know that there are foods that can aid in maintaining oral health?
Simply drinking black tea can help to keep plaque at bay. Black tea contains polyphones, which naturally impede the growth of the types of oral bacteria associated with cavities.
It turns out that the French may be on to something. In a study with 12-15-year-olds, those who enjoyed cheddar cheese had reduced levels of acid than those who opted for other dairy products like milk or yogurt. It’s thought that cheddar cheese neutralizes plaque acid, which in turn reduces the incidence of oral plaque buildup.
Leafy greens contain calcium, which is needed to help keep teeth strong and maintain tooth enamel. Although most people think of milk as being the best source of calcium, greens like kale, spinach, and even dandelion greens are excellent sources of calcium.
One part of achieving overall oral health is to have fresh breath. Bad breath, or halitosis, is often a sign of bacteria. Chewing on mint leaves like spearmint can help not only to impart a minty fragrance to the breath; but also combat the bacteria in the oral cavity.
It may seem counterintuitive to think that onions are good for your oral health. After all, having onion breath isn’t considered a good thing.