Foods to Plant in your Garden to Help Teeth

Hands Holding VegetablesWe all know that brushing and flossing your teeth are a critical part of having healthy gums and teeth, but do you know that equally important is the food and drinks you consume. We can all name some food and drinks that are bad for our teeth, like candy and sugary drinks, but can you name foods that are good for your teeth?

Acid is your teeth’s biggest enemy. This acid can come from food and drinks or from bacteria that thrive on sugar found in the food we eat. To combat this enemy, we need to consume foods that neutralize acid, provide minerals and vitamins that aid in repairing tooth enamel and stimulate saliva. Some of the best foods for this are high fiber fruits and vegetables that can physically scrub the teeth and require longer chewing times to stimulate saliva flow. Saliva neutralizes acid and contains calcium and phosphates that help rebuild minerals. Water is also¬†important as it is the primary component of saliva and plays an important role in rinsing our mouths after eating foods and drinking sugary drinks. Dairy products with no added sugar, nuts and other foods high in calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A, C, and D also aid in maintaining ¬†healthy gums and teeth.

While you are deciding which foods to plant in your garden this year keep these in mind:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Strawberries
  • Onions
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Basil
  • Kale
  • Mustard or collard greens
  • Mushrooms
  • Beans

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