Naturally Support Oral Health – Everyone knows that a great smile begins with great oral hygiene but not everyone knows that we can do more for our oral health than just brushing regularly. There are actually some foods that we should avoid; and there are some foods that we should gravitate towards if we’re looking for a healthy smile. Let’s focus on foods that support oral health.
How To Naturally Support Oral Health
Recent evidence seems to suggest that probiotic-rich yogurt may do more than just support a healthy digestive system; it may promote great oral health as well. Probiotics are simply beneficial bacteria that are found naturally in our body, especially in our digestive system. In order for our digestive tract to stay healthy, there needs to be a balance between the good bacteria (probiotics) and bad bacteria. it seems that now the same may be true for our gums. It’s been suggested that probiotics may also be responsible for balancing the good bacteria in our mouth, leading to a lesser risk of periodontal disease. Plus, yogurt is a great source of calcium, which our body uses to keep our teeth strong – just one more reason to enjoy some delicious yogurt.
Of all the health benefits that tea currently boasts, supporting a healthy smile may be one of the lesser known ones. Simply enough, one of the main reasons why tea is so beneficial is because it doesn’t damage the enamel of your teeth in the same way that sugary juices or soda would. In fact, the effect of tea on our teeth’s enamel is similar to that of water. This can be said for both green and black teas. However, in green tea’s case, the oral health benefits extend a bit further. Green tea is rich in natural antioxidants called catechins. According to a study conducted in Japan, these catechins may have a direct effect on bacteria on our gums, leading to an improvement in gum rescission.
Raisins may be the last thing you think about when you hear “great for oral health.” But they deserve much more attention. Recent research has opposed the idea that raisins cause cavities, a thought that existed simply because raisins seemed sticky and candy-like. Well, the reality may be that raisins actually fight cavities. Raisins contain special plant antioxidants (phytochemicals) – one of which is oleanolic acid. This is significant because oleanolic acid actually impedes or stops the bacteria streptococcus mutans and porphyromonas gingivalis, two leading causes of gum diseases and cavities.
Carrots are great for oral health simply because eating them encourages your mouth to produce saliva. Although increased saliva production isn’t the most glamorous effect out there, it’s actually a cornerstone of a great, healthy smile. Your saliva is technically on the alkaline scale, so it tends to fight bacteria and other potential foreign invaders found in your mouth, which improves your chances in battling cavities, halitosis, and more.
Similar to carrots, eating cashews helps your mouth produce saliva. However, cashews provide extra oral health benefit in the form of phosphorus, an essential mineral. Our body needs phosphorus in order to promote bone density and bone production. However, our body also needs phosphorus for the proper development of our teeth. But if you’re going to be adding cashews to your diet, just make sure you (a) don’t have any type of nut allergy since many different nuts are processed in the same facility and (b) you don’t purchase cashews with too much salt on them, which can be unhealthy. Try and purchase cashews that are either unsalted or low salt.
To your health,