Taking care of your teeth can seem like a chore, unless you love teeth like the dentists at our Chandler and Gilbert locations in Arizona. There are a few simple ways to care for your oral health, like incorporating more oral-friendly foods in your healthy diet. The following are just three tooth-friendly foods to consider.
1. Fantastic Apples
The first food to include in your diet or eat more of is apples. Apples have a few healthful properties that are good for your teeth. For one, the fruit is quite crunchy, which makes it abrasive. The natural crunch should help loosen up any particles that might be stuck on the surface of your teeth.
Apples also contain malic acid. This ingredient helps activate salivary glands, which promotes saliva. Saliva contains several minerals that help remineralize your teeth while killing bacteria.
2. Try a Little Yogurt
Natural yogurt has several benefits that some people may not know about. It is important to purchase yogurt that has been naturally cultured, meaning it should still have all the nutrients and probiotics that it was meant to have. The reason that yogurt is an oral-friendly product deals with the active ingredients found in yogurt.
A study reveals that yogurt fights bad breath. The ingredients that researchers highlighted were Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus. Both ingredients target the bacteria in your mouth that are known to cause bad breath. This definitely gives you a new reason to eat your favorite snack from time to time.
3. Delicious Honey
Manuka honey has several active ingredients that have been shown to be effective against many strands of bacteria. This includes the kinds of bacteria that linger in the mouth. Researchers found that Manuka honey is an effective mouthwash; it comes with the added bonus of being completely natural.
It should be noted that the Manuka honey you want to consume is the raw version rather than the processed one. Raw Manuka honey contains a bounty of nutrients and enough antibacterial properties to make this food a great addition to your oral care.
Of course, these are just a few suggestions. The good people at our dental offices in Chandler and Gilbert, Ariz., will have many more ideas to share. All you have to do is give us a call at 480-306-5506 to talk. You can also schedule an appointment at your convenience.