When asked about attractive features, British people ranked teeth/smiles as number 1. So why is it that 25% of adults don’t brush their teeth twice a day, 42% don’t floss, 6% have no natural teeth and 1 in 10 people are not even registered to a dentist?!
To get the nation on better terms with their teeth we have compiled a list of tooth friendly foods and drinks.
Crunchy Fruit and Vegetables
Fruit and vegetables have a high nutritional value which is beneficial to all aspects of your health. Crunchy fruit and vegetables are especially good for teeth because chewing stimulates saliva production which washes bacteria off the surfaces of teeth. Good options include: apples, carrots, cucumber and pepper.
Dairy products are high in vitamin D and calcium; both build strong teeth and bones and improve tooth retention. Cheese has been found to lower mouth acidity and milk can neutralise acids formed from plaque bacteria.
Almonds and peanuts are high in vitamin D and calcium which are essential for maintaining a healthy tooth structure. Walnuts contain fibre, folic acid, iron, thiamine, magnesium, niacin, potassium, zinc, vitamin B6 and vitamin E.
Raisins are a source of phytochemicals which help kill cavity causing bacteria. They also contain components that slow the growth of bacteria associated with periodontal (gum) disease. Although raisins are sweet their sugar content is natural, therefore less harmful.
Black and green tea contain compounds called polyphenols, they slow the growth of bacteria linked to periodontal (gum) disease. There is evidence that polyphenols also control the production of odorous compounds.
Drinking water throughout the day helps wash bacteria away. For added tooth benefits drink fluoride water (fluoride fights tooth decay).
Most tooth friendly foods are:
– High in vitamins A, C and D, for example: beans, eggs, fish, fortified cereals, leafy greens, meat, potatoes, tofu and whole grains.
– High in minerals calcium and phosphorus, for example: almonds, dairy, eggs, fish, leafy greens and meats.
Now you know the nutrients needed to create a seductive smile you’ll have no problem attracting others, (just make sure you brush/floss twice a day).