With summer in full swing, Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon from Manchester advises that a delicious summer salad can be the ideal diet choice to promote healthy teeth and gums.
Diet plays a vital role in oral health, according to Tariq Drabu. Knowing what foods you can eat and what you can't will help you make the best choices to reduce the risk of decay and tooth damage moving forward.
Leafy greens are rich in vitamins and minerals, if you choose wisely. According to Tariq Drabu kale is low in calories and yet very high in vitamins and minerals which are instrumental to healthy teeth and gums. Green are also crunchy, which increases saliva production from improved oral health at all times.
Cheese and Almonds
Cheese and almonds are both high in calcium. Calcium is essential to promote healthy teeth and bones. The enamel of the tooth is the hardest substance in the body, but according to Tariq Drabu it doesn't regenerate. Once the enamel is damaged, the tooth needs treatment. Calcium can help keep enamel strong and healthy.
Apples and Carrots
Adding any crunchy fruit or vegetable to your summer salad can be a great way to promote healthy teeth and gums. Crunchy foods help to promote saliva production. Saliva is instrumental to oral health and is alkaline, in turn this means that it fights acids which can eat away at the hard enamel, resulting in tooth decay in the future.
Tariq Drabu also mentioned that everyone reads that they should be drinking plenty of water. The truth is that water is a fantastic way to keep yourself hydrated. Hydration reduces the risk of reduced saliva production and thereby helps to promote healthy teeth and gums. Also water doesn't includes any sugars or calories, so anyone can drink it with confidence at all times. Water can also help rinse out the mouth to remove any bacteria, sugars and food debris that may have been left behind.
Tariq Drabu did also recommend you keep some sugar free chewing gum with you and chew it about twenty minutes after meals to remove food, acids and plaque after meals with ease when you don't have access to your toothbrush.