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11/26/12

5 Foods to Grow Your Teeth Big and Strong

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It sure seems like people are always talking about what is bad for your teeth lately. We all know that you shouldn’t eat too much sugar, and that certain foods can wear down your teeth worse than others. But why doesn’t anyone ever talk about foods that can be good for your teeth?

Believe it or not, not everything that goes into your mouth will require a future root canal. Some foods out there do an equal, or even better job of taking care of your teeth than your toothbrush does, especially if you’re not using your toothbrush correctly. So, without further ado, here are five foods that improve your dental health while also nourishing your body.

Milk and yogurt are low in acidity and sugar making them great choices to quench your thirst or have as a healthy snack. This is good news for both tooth erosion and tooth decay. Milk is rich in calcium, which means you are fortifying teeth and bones while refueling during the day.

Fruit is best for you when eaten in its whole, raw form. It keeps down plaque and massages your gums. Choose the fruits rich in Vitamin C, which holds our body cells together. If you are short of Vitamin C, your gums may become tender and more susceptible to gum disease.

Veggies are good if you are trying to build a good foundation for your teeth. Broccoli, carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin are rich in Vitamin A from which tooth enamel forms. If you eat them raw you will get more Vitamin A, as well as clean your teeth and massage your gums.

Beef, chicken, eggs and turkey are rich in phosphorus. Calcium combines with phosphorus and Vitamin D to produce our teeth and bones. Make sure you get enough protein to keep your teeth healthy, and reduce decay.

When you rinse with water, it cleans your mouth so that your saliva can nourish your teeth, hydrate your gums, and help wash away trapped food particles that can create plague.

And there you have it, five things you can eat and drink that will not cause your teeth to decay! All of these things will actually improve your dental health too. By eating each of these things daily both your body and your teeth will grow big and strong!

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