Let’s face it, by the time we reach adulthood, we have a pretty good idea which foods are inherently good for our bodies and which are bad. So, it’s no surprise that apples, oatmeal, almonds, broccoli, blueberries, leafy green vegetables, etc. are all great foods that make up a healthy diet and offer many nutritional benefits to our overall health. And although each of those healthy food items is delicious in its own way, none taste like candy, chocolate, or ice cream. Oh, well. But, for as much as we enjoy the occasional sweet treat, we all know that we can’t subsist on a diet of refined sugar. First off, it’s not particularly healthy. Secondly, it’ll do nearly-irreparable damage to your teeth.
Most people, young or old, will benefit from a well-balanced diet – one made from a variety of foods from the five major food groups. These include fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy. Obviously, we’ve all learned about the five major food groups from school, and we hope that it’s something that has stuck with everyone over the years, but it should be mentioned that each of the food groups contains a few awesome food items that are particularly good for healthy teeth and beautiful smiles. Let’s take a look at a few!
Looking at the dairy group, it’s no surprise that milk, with its high calcium content, is great for strong bones and teeth. At the same time, cheese and plain yogurt are also loaded with calcium. Both are great for your teeth. Some dairy products also include phosphates and other minerals that are highly beneficial to the teeth and bones too.
From the fruit and veggie groups, you can’t go wrong with those high in fiber. Those with a high fiber content stimulate the flow of saliva as you chew them and help to combat acids and enzymes that do damage to the teeth. Apples, oranges, raisins, along with broccoli, corn, and carrots all fall into this category of high-fiber fruits and vegetables that are great for your teeth.
In the grains group, it should be mentioned that whole-wheat pasta, bran flakes, oatmeal, and brown rice are also high-fiber foods that, just like those in the fruit and vegetable category, are great foods for your teeth.
Lastly, the protein group is part of any balanced diet. Protein offers a world of good things for the teeth. Most meats and fish are naturally high in phosphorus – which combine with calcium to form Vitamin D and help to protect the teeth. Chicken and eggs are a prime example. Both are rich in phosphorus. Wild salmon is another beneficial protein source. Salmon is naturally high in Vitamin D.
Hopefully, this article has given everybody a new perspective on the role some foods play in protecting and strengthening our teeth and bones. There are plenty of good things to say about a healthy diet, but more than anything else, you tend to smile a lot more when you eat right and feel good. And that’s a beautiful thing!
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