But oral hygiene is not the only thing that keeps your teeth healthy. Eating certain cold foods can also play an important role.
Cheese is a great cold food for teeth. Hard cheeses, like cheddar, have been shown to reduce the acid level in the mouth, which can otherwise eat away at the protective enamel layer.
Cheese stimulates the production of saliva (from chewing) which is the body's natural defense against bacteria. Saliva kills it and washes it away. Cheese also contains calcium, which helps to destroy plaque and also helps to rebuild enamel.
Like cheese, and other dairy products, yogurt is exceptionally good for your teeth, provided you don't eat the kinds with lots of added sugar. Yogurt is high in calcium, which is good for rebuilding your enamel. Calcium is also good for your bones, which is important for your teeth, which depend upon your jaw to hold them firmly in place.
Crunchy Vegetables and FruitsHard, crunchy vegetables like carrots or celery are another good option. These types of vegetables scrub your teeth as you chew them, removing plaque.
They also have a high water content, which helps to keep you hydrated and wash away bacteria. The same can be said about hard, crunchy fruits such as pears (which can also lower acidity).
Caring for your teeth is more than just brushing and flossing. Making sure you eat plenty of vitamin and mineral rich foods, as well as ones that can help clean the exterior of your teeth, can also be a great help. Contact our office about what other types of foods can help your teeth strong and healthy.