While routine maintenance of your teeth is crucial – brushing, flossing, etc – you’ll be happy to know that there are additional measures you can take to keep your pearly whites happy and strong!
We here at CuteSmile are always on the lookout for the latest tips on daily oral care, and one topic we’ve come across consistently is the subject of strengthening tooth enamel.
But what is tooth enamel? And why is this important?
Put simply, tooth enamel is the outer covering of your crown (the portion of your tooth visible outside your gums), and one of four layers that make up your tooth composition – the others being dentin, cementum, and dental pulp.
Contrary to popular belief, your bones are not the hardest tissues in your body – it’s your enamel!
BUT! Unlike your bones, which are composed of living cells that can repair damage, once your enamel chips or cracks, it is unable to regenerate.
And this is why regular maintenance of your tooth enamel is so important.
So here are some ridiculously common foods that can go a long way to help keep your enamel strong and fortified!
Yup, a pretty easy one, right?
All those “Got Milk” commercials were onto something here. Dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, and kefir contain rich sources of calcium and phosphorous which strengthen enamel while aiding in the re-mineralization process.
Dairy products also trigger salivation, which assists in the balancing of your mouth’s pH levels to keep tooth-eroding bacteria in check!
Often considered a “natural brush”, celery’s high fiber content requires additional chewing, and in this process, helps clean the surface of your teeth due to its fibrous nature.
Also, like dairy products, celery promotes saliva secretion!
Rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which are powerful promoters of oral cavity health, strawberries are a surprisingly effective snack to keep on hand for maintaining healthy teeth!
The malic acid content found within these sweet berries can also aid in eliminating enamel-eroding tartar – but in small doses!
Too many strawberries can actually do more harm than good, as excess malic acid can actually erode the enamel, so use them sparingly!
Sorry leaf-lovers, but the truth is, one of the best sources of phosphorous – which help maintain the strength of your teeth and bones – comes from animal proteins, such as beef, poultry, and particularly egg yolks.
In addition to the combination of vitamin D and calcium, the phosphorous found in proteins can go a long way to preventing enamel wear and tear.
But fear not herbivores, tofu is also a great supplementary source of protein and calcium!
Okay, so we cheated a little here…
While green tea isn’t actually a “food” per se, it does contain an antioxidant called polyphenol, which helps prevent plaque from adhering to the surface of your teeth.
Also, due to its natural fluoride content, green tea can also help prevent tooth decay!
So there you have it, 5 easy to find foods that can help strengthen and maintain your tooth enamel!
Have any other suggestions? We’d love to hear them!