Everyone wants to have healthy and great looking teeth. We all know to brush, floss, and rinse but there are other ways to make sure your smile is healthy. The well-being of your teeth can impact the health of your entire body. Your mouth is a target source for infection and can easily compromise your body by allowing oral bacteria into your bloodstream and causing infection elsewhere. Good hygiene and a good diet combine to make strong teeth and gums. Try making these foods the center of your diet to take care of your smile and keep a healthy mouth.

Cheese

Eating cheese is great for several reasons. Cheese is already an ingredient in a lot of breakfast, lunch, and dinners. Not only is it delicious, but cheese contains minerals your teeth need to stay strong. Phosphorous and calcium are what keeps your teeth healthy and hard, and aged cheeses are made of both calcium and phosphorous. Chewing on those hard cheeses creates more saliva and the more saliva, the better for your teeth. Eating cheese also reduces the acid level in your mouth to preserve your chompers. Milk is also high in calcium and great for reducing acidity.

Apples

An apple-a-day can really keep the dentist away. Usually, you would use a toothbrush to remove plaque, but did you know apples can have a similar effect? The texture of apples helps to remove the grime from your daily coffee. Apples also involve a lot of chewing. Chewing creates saliva and salivating is the way to naturally neutralize the bacteria that causes cavities in your teeth. If you’re looking for other foods to help brush away your day, you can try carrots or celery as an alternative. Apples and carrots are also full of water. Water is essential to keeping your mouth clean and your teeth and gums healthy. Stay hydrated during your snacking to fight against tooth decay.

Oranges

Part of keeping your teeth healthy is making sure your gums are healthy. Oranges are full Vitamin C. You may know that Vitamin C is great for your immune system, but it also reduces inflammation. When your gums become inflamed, it can be painful. Even worse, inflammation can leave your mouth prone to periodontal disease causing bacteria. Other top foods high in Vitamin C are kiwis, strawberries, bell peppers, and broccoli. Strawberries also contain malic acid which can help naturally keep your teeth white.

Raisins

Raisins are a great sweet snack for any time of the day. They have great health benefits, too! Raisins are full of B vitamins, iron, and potassium. The nutrition found in raisins makes them great antioxidants. Antioxidants keep your mouth free from bacteria that can cause infection or inflammation. Grapes, nuts, and beans are also stuffed with antioxidants. Raisins are also a source of compounds like oleanolic acid. These are naturally occurring acids that can help kill the bacteria in your mouth.

Yogurt

Yogurt is another great snack for any time of the day. Just like cheese and milk, yogurt is a great source of calcium. It also contains probiotics. Your mouth is a balance of good and bad bacteria, and probiotics are good bacteria for your teeth. Yogurt may not only strengthen your teeth but keep your gums healthy. Yogurt may also decrease plaque buildup. If you’re looking for other sources of probiotics, try pickles or sauerkraut.

Kale

Everyone already knows leafy greens are great for your overall health, but they contain plenty of great things specifically for your teeth. Leafy greens include kale, which is a pretty much the hero of leafy greens. Kale is full of fiber, iron, Vitamin K, antioxidants, Vitamin A, calcium, and Vitamin C. Eating kale helps in almost every area of your body from your skin, your vision, your heart and most certainly your teeth. The Vitamin A in Kale and other leafy greens is what makes builds tooth enamel. Try other leafy greens like spinach and broccoli to get those important vitamins your teeth need. Broccoli is another powerhouse vegetable and is highly concentrated with what your teeth need.

Steak

Steak can be a delicious dinner that is also great for your teeth! Red meats are the best source of protein. The protein found in red meats contain phosphorus which is a huge help to keeping your enamel at its toughest. Eating red meat also provides you with Vitamin B12 which helps make your DNA and will keep your red blood cells and nerves healthy. If you don’t want to eat beef, you can get the same benefits from pork and lamb. If you are more into white meat, then you can still get the phosphorus needed to keep your mouth at its healthiest from chicken or turkey. Increasing the protein in your diet reduces tooth decay.