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Eating For Clean Teeth

Posted on 3/18/2013 by Alan Snodgrass
How TMJ Can Increase When You Regularly Chew Gum?Quality, consistency, nutritional composition and the combinations in which foods are consumed can affect oral health, including tooth decay. Ongoing research is indicating that nutrients and antioxidants found in fruits, nuts, and vegetables may strengthen immunity and improve the body's ability to fight tooth decay caused by bacteria and inflammation. Foods that are good for your body are also being proven beneficial for your oral health.

Possible super foods for clean and healthy teeth include:

•  Calcium fortified juices, milk, and dairy products. Vitamin D strengthens teeth and bones.
•  Fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C which protects gum tissue from bacteria and infection.
•  Cheese contains calcium which mixes with plaque found in the mouth, sticking to teeth and protecting them from acid causing bacteria.
•  Folic acid in leafy green vegetables promotes healthy cell grown in the mouth and throughout the body.

A diet that promotes good oral health is not just about what food to eat and what food to avoid, it is also about when to eat them. Foods that take a long time to chew or dissolve (dried fruits, meats, cough drops) can damage teeth because the sugar is held against the teeth longer than foods that dissolve quickly. Chewy foods are often high in sugar and should be consumed with meals when saliva production is increased and will naturally help wash away food and neutralize harmful acids before they attack teeth.
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