Never thought coffee could be good for your teeth? Here are five things that you might be surprised to hear are actually good for your oral health:
While drinking coffee does have it's disadvantages, like staining your teeth, it can also help prevent tooth decay and erosion. Coffee contains trigonelline which provides a protective barrier and keeps cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to your teeth. As long as you are stringent about brushing your teeth after drinking a cup of coffee you should be able to avoid stains on your teeth.
As long as you don't put sugar in your tea, drinking green tea can be very beneficial to your oral health. A study found that men who regularly drink green tea had superior oral health vs. men who did not. Additionally, drinking one cup of green tea a day may help people keep their teeth as they age.
Found in foods like salmon, tuna, spinach, and walnuts, omega-3 fatty acids are already known to reduce the risk of heart-disease. Recently it's been discovered that they can aid in improving dental care too. Omega-3 can be used to treat swollen and tender gums caused by gum disease and can even restore damaged tissue and bone where your teeth are anchored to your jaw. Additionally, omega-3 may be able to help prevent cavities by preventing bacteria growth.
Studies have shown that people who struggle with obesity and gum disease have a higher chance of improvement in their oral health when they lose weight. Your body is much more capable of fighting off gum disease when the inflammation triggering fat cells disappear.
Cheese contains a protein called casein that fortifies the surface of your teeth and is particularly useful to those prone to cavities. It is also low in sugars and acids and high in calcium which is also very good for your teeth.