February may be National Children’s Dental Health Month, but it’s a good time to brush up on what’s good for your own smile as well. Here are five foods for healthy teeth.
- Low-fat cheese: While all dairy products are good sources of calcium and protein –the building blocks of strong teeth – cheese, in particular, has an added benefit. Compounds found in the food attach to tooth enamel, forming a protective barrier against cavity-causing acid.
- Nuts and crunch: Nuts (almonds, peanuts) and raw vegetables and fruits (apples, carrots, celery) act like a toothbrush, sweeping away food particles and plaque while promoting the production of tooth-cleansing saliva.
- Tea: Both black and green varieties contain polyphenols, which can prevent plaque buildup. Other polyphenol-packed foods include cranberries. But since tea can stain teeth, drink a glass of water after consuming to minimize discoloring. Don’t like tea? The Medi-Weightloss® Fat Burner supplement contains decaffeinated green tea extract, which has been shown in research studies to be an excellent antioxidant.
- Meat/fish: Poultry, red meat, and fish contain the amino acid arginine, which helps teeth by breaking down plaque. So you don’t derail your meal plan, choose very lean and lean proteins (always remove the skin and trim any fat).
- Sugar-free gum: Besides stepping up saliva production, chewing gum can dislodge food from teeth. Studies show that chewing for 20 minutes after a meal is enough to help prevent tooth decay. As a bonus, scientists have found that chewing gum for at least 45 minutes can suppress hunger, appetite, and cravings for snacks. Study participants have even reported feeling full between meals!
Active Medi-Weightloss® patients should consult the experts at their location on whether the foods and recipes mentioned are appropriate for their phase of the program.
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.