Ingredients To Keep Your Smile In Top Shape
Dr Michaels Dental Clinic
This is not an all-inclusive list of every food that’s great for your oral heath, but a listing of all the key “super-smile” ingredients included in our recipe booklet.
- : a natural antibiotic, reduces bacteria in the mouth.
- Broccoli: forms an acid-resistant film on teeth that can help prevent enamel erosion.
- Carrots: full of Vitamin A which is absolutely necessary for the formation of tooth enamel. This and all crunchy vegetables also cleanse and stimulate your gums, making them healthy.
- Cheese: offers the benefit of lactic acid to help prevent tooth decay.
- Celery: activates saliva production which assists in cleansing food particles from the teeth and dilutes sugars or acids in the mouth. Chewing celery also massages the gums.
- Ginger: an anti-inflammatory to support healthy mouth tissue.
- Green Tea: contains an antioxidant called catechin which reduces bacteria growth that causes gingivitis.
- Kale or Chard: high in minerals that support tooth structure.
- Kiwi: packs more Vitamin C than any other fruit. A lack of Vitamin C can break down the collagen network in your gums, making them tender and more susceptible to bacteria and gum disease.
- Lemon: a natural “whitener” and assists with pH balance in the body.
- Onions: contain sulphur compounds and reduces certain bacteria that cause tooth decay.
- Pineapple: helps you produce extra saliva. Combine that with citric acid and you have an all-natural bacteria fighting mouthwash. Also contains Vitamin C and the enzyme Bromelain promoting a healing alkaline response in the mouth.
- Quinoa: pronounced “KEEN-wah” is a super grain with a load of minerals including Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, and Phosphorus to strengthen teeth.
- Salmon: a great source of Vitamin D making it easier for teeth to get the full power of calcium from foods you are eating.
- Sea Salt: offers a blend of minerals needed to mineralize and strengthen teeth. Himalayan or Celtic is suggested.
- Sesame Seeds: these “little scrubbers” reduce plaque, and due to their calcium content provide a necessary mineral for teeth. Nuts in general have a high pH, thus are protective for teeth by managing pH balance in the mouth.
- Shiitaki Mushrooms: contain a sugar called Lentinan which prevents mouth bacteria from growing.
- Stevia: a natural sweetener that does not have an “acid effect” on your teeth like sugar.
- Strawberries: great “scrubbers,” high in fiber and lots of Vitamin C, which is great for gum health.
- Wasabi: a Japanese version of horseradish, which contains compounds called isothiocyanates to arrest bacteria growth.
- Xylitol: a sugar substitute that studies show prevents tooth decay. It is very beneficial in gum and mint form.