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15 Super Foods for Super Healthy Smiles

May 15, 2013

If our readers are like me and love eating to the point they think it should be an Olympic sport and a national holiday, I have great news! In our third installment of our May blog series on healthy foods that are good for your teeth, we'll share several foods from the different food groups that can keep both your pearlies and oral health in peak shape.

Vegetables, fruits, dairy, meats/beans/nuts, oils and grains
Photo source: Superset.ca

 Speaking of food groups, as most of us know one of the most famous innovations ancient Egypt gave civilization was the great Food Pyramid. While on loan to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration several years ago, the decision was made to improvise with this famous landmark by swapping tasty foods that are good for us in place of the usual pharaohs and mummified remains.

Nothing against ancient Egypt, but most Americans thought this a no-brainer. So they filled the new and improved pyramid with vegetables, fruits, dairy, meats/beans/nuts, oils and grains.

Ancient Egyptian Pyramids
Photo source:  egypttourinfo.com

NOTE: There have been attempts in recent years to scratch grains and oils from the Food Pyramid roster and replace them with a wish list like organic domesticated gummi bears, sea-salt water taffy and calorie-free Doritos®, but we're a diverse country that yearns to be gluten-free so no consensus has been reached.

But this much we can agree on: the 15 foods below can help your teeth, boost your oral health and they all taste better than Egyptian artifacts.

Vegetables  

  • Broccoli forms an acid-resistant film on teeth that can help prevent enamel erosion of our chompers.
  • Celery enables saliva production and massages the gums. Saliva helps clean food particles and dilutes sugars and acids from our mouth.
  • Onions contain sulfur compounds that reduce Streptococcus bacteria – the nasty stuff that causes tooth decay. They are best if eaten fresh and uncooked, but good luck getting a goodnight kiss. 

Fruits

  • Kiwi contains the highest amount of Vitamin C of any fruit and Vitamin C prevents the collagen in gums from breaking down, making them susceptible to periodontal disease.
  • Strawberry seeds are excellent “scrubbers” because they are high in fibers and the Vitamin C they contain is great for our gums.
  • Lemon possesses a natural whitener and helps us maintain a healthy pH balance with strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral and immune-boosting properties. Lemon should be used in moderation though, because of its high acidic properties.

Dairy

  • Cheese is a good source of calcium, phosphate and also contains lactic acid - a proven tooth decay fighter.
  • Yogurt is rich in probiotics (living organisms called “active cultures”), calcium and proteins that are good for teeth and health wellness in general.

Meats/Beans/Nuts

  • Salmon is a fantastic source of Vitamin D and make it easier for teeth to get the full benefit of calcium from all the foods we eat.
  • Beans are not only an excellent source of protein and fiber, they are also rich in vitamins and minerals that help nurture good oral health like Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Selenium, and Vitamins B and C.
  • Nuts in general have a high pH, making them good teeth protectors by managing a healthy pH balance in your mouth. Sesame seeds specifically are great for oral health because they are high in calcium and preserve the bone around the teeth and gums.  

Oils

  • Coconut oil has made a huge comeback after being vilified in the mid-1990’s as a harmful saturated fat. Today it is enjoying growing popularity as cooking oil because it doesn’t oxidize when heated, meaning its benefits don’t go up in smoke.
  • Olive oil isn’t good for high-heat cooking, but it does contain the anti-bacterial agent oleuropein that helps prevent bacteria from attaching to your teeth. Olive oil also helps prevents the formation of plaque.

Grains/Herbs

  • Basil is a natural antibiotic that reduces oral bacteria.
  • Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a powerful grain containing many minerals that strengthen teeth (calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium) and essential amino acids like lysine. Unfortunately, commercial availability of Quinoa is limited so unless you have a pen-pal in the Andean region of South America, it may be like finding a stalk of grain in a haystack.

Thanks for reading Agent Straight-Talk, and don’t forget to check in next week when Felicia will write about more tummy-tasting, orally beneficial foods. Until then, remember: “You can’t give away a smile because it always comes back to you.”  Email us with comments at AgentStraightTalk@DentalInsuranceStore.com

Sources: AACD.com, AuthorityNutrition.com, WHFoods.com, Wikipedia, DoctorOz.com, WebMD


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