Balanced Diet to Prevent Cavities and Tooth Decay

Diet plays an important role in dental health. Proper nutrition from pregnancy to breastfeeding in infancy, a balanced diet throughout childhood and adulthood is as good for the teeth as it is for good health. Effective ways to prevent cavities include brushing, flossing and regular dental visit; but a balanced diet is also very necessary for oral health and hygiene.

A well balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, goes a long way in preventing tooth decay and periodontal diseases (gum diseases). Fruits help build immunity and also contribute towards better teeth health.

Diet to Prevent Tooth Decay

Diet to Prevent Cavities and Tooth Decay:

Citrus Fruits:

  • Rich in Vitamin C, which is also called an anti-cold Vitamin.
  • Vitamin C decreases the chances of periodontal disease due to its antioxidant properties.
  • Protects gums from infections.

Apples:

  • A wonderful home remedy for strong and white teeth.
  • Cleans plaque from the teeth naturally.
  • Eat apples whole with pee rather than drinking apple juice (removing the peel would mean removing the benefits).

Bananas:

  • Bananas contain loads of Vitamin, minerals like potassium that are good for health.
  • This fruit also does not stick to the teeth.
  • The inner part of banana peel helps in teeth whitening.

Watermelon:

  • Rich in Vitamin C and hence beneficial for teeth.
  • Antioxidant properties help prevent cell damage and keep the gums healthy.

Strawberry:

  • Malice acid present in strawberries acts as an astringent, which helps in removing stains and discoloration of teeth.
  • Combine crushed strawberries with baking soda to discover a natural tooth cleanser. Spread the mixture on the tooth surface and leave on for about five minutes. Brush and rinse.

Oranges:

  • Rich in Vitamin C (gums remain healthy and periodontal diseases are prevented and Calcium (makes the teeth stronger).

Green Vegetables:

  • Cabbage, chard and collard greens are loaded with vitamins and minerals. They help in maintaining and improving oral health. Dark leafy vegetables like spinach and lettuce are a good source of Magnesium, Calcium, Beta Carotene (Vitamin A) and Vitamin C. They help in maintaining strong teeth.

Carrots:

  • Crunchy and rich in fiber; stimulate the gums which are an important factor in oral care.
  • Keep the teeth healthy and strong.
  • Also contain Beta Carotene which is very important in Vitamin A formation.
  • Celery, cucumber, broccoli and carrots also help in the production of saliva, which reduces plaque causing bacteria. They also help in washing away food particles due to increase in saliva production.

Milk:

  • It contains lactose which is also the least cryogenic sugar.
  • Rich in Calcium, Phosphates and milk protein Casein, which helps in preserving teeth strength and teeth enamel.

Cheese:

  • Prevents dental caries.
  • Cheese causes an increase in saliva production and also neutralizes acids.
  • It also increases Calcium concentration which in turn reduces de-mineralization.
  • Cheese also reduces bacteria on the teeth surface.
  • A small lump of cheese after a meal, a sugary or acidic drink, helps protect the tooth enamel.

Chocolate Milk:

  • Prevents tooth decay.
  • Its sugar doesn’t stay long in the mouth or cling to teeth as it is a liquid.
  • Cocoa and other nutrients help in protecting the teeth against cavities and offset the effect of chocolate milk’s content.

Green and Black Tea:

  • Contain polyphenols that interact with bacteria present in the plaque. They either suppress or kill the bacteria, thereby preventing them from producing tooth destructive acids.
  • A cup of tea can also be a source of fluoride depending on the type of water used in the preparation of tea.

End every meal with raw fruits and vegetables for teeter teeth health. The high water content in them helps to keep the teeth and gums clean. Vitamin rich fruits and vegetables also keep the teeth healthy and strong.

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