If you are what you eat, that’s even more true for your teeth and gums. When you drink and eat starchy or sugary foods, you’re not only feeding yourself.

Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables

Foods with fiber help keep your teeth and gums clean. They also get saliva flowing. Next to good home dental care, this is your best natural defense against cavities and gum disease.

Foods with fluoride

Fluoridated drinking water, or any product you make with fluoridated water, helps your teeth. Commercially prepared foods, such as poultry products, seafood, and powdered cereals, also can give fluoride.

Apples, carrots, and celery

Instead of grabbing a candy bar or dessert, if you have a sweet tooth, eat an apple instead! Apples provide hydration and fiber for your body. Celery helps clean your teeth because the texture can scrape leftover food particles and bacteria away from your teeth. Carrots and celery are a great source of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A.

What foods are good for strengthening enamel?

Enamel is the thin, hard mineral coating that covers the teeth, protecting them from decay and the daily stress of chewing, biting, grinding, and crunching. It can become weakened, eroded, or destroyed by the acids and sugars in certain food and drinks and, once gone, cannot be regenerated.

Water

Saliva is made up of 99.5% water. Dehydration can thicken your saliva, which wreaks havoc in the mouth.
Optimum levels of water in your saliva are essential to the breakdown of food, neutralising bacterial acid (hello morning breath!) and preventing tooth decay. Rinsing with water after drinking coffee or having other staining foods can help reduce staining to the teeth.

Dark Chocolate

Contains antioxidants, fights bacteria, prevents bacteria from sticking, and strengthens tooth enamel. Dark chocolate even prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth. There is also an element to dark chocolate that helps to strengthen tooth enamel.

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