Yep! You read that right. As long as you’re indulging in 70% cacao and eating chocolate in moderation, it’s actually good for your teeth. Dark chocolate has a compound called CBH which can help harden tooth enamel. Therefore, eating chocolate can make your teeth less susceptible to cavities! It’s not the chocolate though, it’s the cocoa bean. Eating sugary chocolate bars won’t do you any good. You should also still brush your teeth afterward to prevent stains and cavities.
Not only do leafy greens contain a surplus of vitamins and minerals but they’re also high in calcium, folic acid, and a B vitamin which can promote healthy teeth and gums and even possibly treat gum disease in pregnant women.
Apples and Carrots
Apples and carrots are both crunchy foods that can help scrape away plaque and food particles away from your teeth when you chew. Also, they require more chewing than other foods which increase your saliva production and washes away more plaque and bacteria. As a bonus, carrots and apples are high in vitamins to keep your mouth healthy.
Studies from the last decade show that cheese, with its low carbohydrate and high calcium and phosphate content, provides several benefits for your teeth. It helps balance your mouth’s pH (an acidic pH encourages the growth of cavity-causing bacteria). Cheese also preserves and rebuilds tooth enamel and produces saliva, which kills the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.
Chewing gum after a meal can help increase your saliva production to wash away some of the bacteria remaining in your mouth after your meal. The stickiness of the gum can also help remove stuck food particles in your mouth. When you choose sugar-free gum, you don’t have to worry about getting cavities.
For more information on how to keep your gums and teeth healthy, give our Columbia, SC dental office a call at (803) 781-9090 or contact us online. Dr. Hahn is happy to help you get a healthier smile!