A shining set of sparkling white teeth can make anyone appear more attractive, healthy and younger. Winter is knocking the doors and many of us complain about the bad breath and other dental problems. Many of us wonder if teeth also have winter blues. This is because countless of people notice that they usually feel sudden toothache or sensitivity during cold season. Vegetables and fruits promote good dental health, so include them in your daily diet. The vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in these foods protect teeth and gums. When and how often you eat and drink certain foods and beverages affect your oral health. For this reason, it is certainly a must to learn more about eating food which are good during winters for brighter teeth:
1. Cheese and Yogurt
Foods rich in calcium and phosphorus can protect tooth enamel and even help replace minerals in teeth (a process called remineralization). Cheese is especially beneficial because it contains casein, a protein found in milk products that can shore up enamel.
2. Broccoli, Bok Choy, and Other Dark, Leafy Veggies
Looking for vegetarian-friendly sources for the minerals we’ve mentioned? Broccoli, bok choy, kale, okra, collards, and other dark, leafy veggies are excellent animal-free ways to get plenty of vitamins and minerals.
Apples and other high-fiber fruits can scrub away plaque and freshen breath.
Eat oranges for the calcium and Vitamin C, they contain. Drinking a glass of orange juice daily would supplement the calcium in your diet and help build stronger teeth. Oranges are the perfect choice for healthy gums and teeth. The citric acid present in oranges can help control acidity levels in your mouth, especially since it encourages salivation, the body’s own mouthwash.
Strawberries are powerful teeth whiteners that contain both an astringent and vitamin C. The astringent in strawberries effectively aids in the removal of surface stains while vitamin C whitens teeth by clearing away plaque. The fresh fruit contains malic acid which acts as an astringent to remove surface discoloration.
Article by Dr. Arjun Bedi
Chief Dental Consultant & Owner, Dr. Bedi’s Dent ‘O’ Care