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Smile and the world will smile with you right? Well if your teeth are treated poorly you may find yourself smiling all alone! :( But there’s hope! With these 5 foods you can prevent that from ever happening!

Top 5 Teeth Protecting Foods:

1. Nuts
Many types of nuts provide vitamins and minerals that can help strengthen your teeth. These include peanuts (calcium and vitamin D), almonds (high levels of calcium that helps both teeth and gums), cashews (stimulates saliva which helps keep teeth clean) and walnuts (magnesium, iron, niacin, vitamin E, vitamin B6, potassium and zinc).

2. Cranberries
Cranberries are a rich source of polyphenols. Polyphenols keep plaque from sticking to your teeth, lowering the risk for cavities. Make sure the cranberries you have are completely natural without any added sugar because sugar is a death sentence for your teeth.

3. Raw Cocoa – (Yes Dark Chocolate!)
Cocoa is actually very good for your teeth. It is filled with a substance that helps reduce gum inflammation and prevents tooth erosion and decay. So start nibbling on a piece of dark chocolate to prevent your teeth from decaying!  The higher the percentage the better it is! I personally live 90% dark chocolate.

4. Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables
The more crunchy it is the better! Foods such as carrots, apples, cucumbers and celery are packed with a hell of a crunch, which requires more chewing. Chewing disturbs the dental plaque, and can serve as a natural cleansing mechanism. Maybe we should rephrase the old saying to “An apple a day keeps the DENTIST away!”

5. Vitamin-rich Foods
According to the American Dental Association, foods high in phosphorous can keep your enamel strong and healthy. Some examples of foods rich in phosphorus are eggs, fish, almonds, leafy greens, cheese and beans. Make sure you have these foods in your diet!

Also remember to stay hydrated throughout the whole day to keep your mouth from being dry. Dry mouths are bacteria’s favorite place to live, so wash them away with plenty of water!

Namaste
Nate

 

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