Face it, we all love to eat, but what we put in our body can also have a direct effect on our oral health. Some great “super smile” foods for your teeth include recipes rich with fruits, vegetables and grains. Here are a few foods that may or may not surprise you that are good for your oral health that you may want to include in some of your recipes:
Pineapple can act as a “whitener” for teeth. Shitake mushrooms contain a sugar called Lentinan which prevents mouth bacteria from growing. Raw onions and wasabi, a Japanese version of horseradish, also contain substances which stop bacteria growth. The iron in broccoli helps form an acid-resistant film on teeth.Â After exposure to an acid-based drink like cola, enamel erodes half as quickly when exposed to broccoli.
Overall foods and recipes that include nutrient-dense foods aren’t just really good for your overall health but also your oral health. These healthful ingredients will help build and strengthen your teeth and gums. For more recommendations on what foods and recipes most benefit your oral health call your local Gentle Dental dentist at 1-888-513-7436.