A recent study suggests eating this one food for healthy teeth.
Move over enamel-destroyers, a study by the University of Rochester Medical Center decided that fibrous, leafy greens may just be the one food you need for healthy teeth and gums. Why? It comes down to the fiber, which is also found in other fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts, being able to reduce plaque build-up, but also the distinct combination of vitamins and minerals like calcium, B vitamins, and D, that help foster an environment that’s safer for teeth and less so for bacterial growth. High fiber diets are also linked to lower cancer risks.
According to the findings, “Foods with fiber have a detergent effect in your mouth,” says the American Dental Association (ADA). “They also get saliva flowing. Next to good home dental care, this is your best natural defense against cavities and gum disease. About 20 minutes after you eat something containing sugars or starches, your saliva begins to reduce the effects of the acids and enzymes attacking your teeth. Because saliva contains traces of calcium and phosphate, it also restores minerals to areas of teeth that have lost them from the bacterial acids.”
That means grabbing a salad for lunch would be your best pick of food for healthy teeth.
But there’s a bonus, and a really good reason to switch to tea. The study also says both green and black teas promote healthy gums and teeth.
“Both contain polyphenols that interact with plaque bacteria. These substances either kill or hold back bacteria. This prevents them from growing or producing acid that attacks teeth. Depending on the type of water you use to brew your tea, a cup of tea can also be a source of fluoride.”
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