Thursday, May 3, 2012

Top 4 Healthy Foods for Healthy Teeth!

San Francisco Dentist, Dr. Josh Berd counts down the Top 4 Healthiest foods for Healthy Teeth.

1. Yogurt

Natural organic yogurt is low in carbohydrates, high in calcium and loaded with probiotics. Calcium fortifies enamel (the outer, protective part of your teeth). Probiotics promote optimal oral health by supporting proper flora and pH balance. Cavity-causing bacteria thrive on carbs and acidic pH, however, eating yogurt helps balance your mouth’s pH. Try this: replace your mid-day sugar snack with organic yogurt topped with honey (honey also contains powerful antibacterial properties that support healthy gums).

2. Kiwi

This superfruit packs more than 100% of your recommended daily amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a vital component for the building of collagen in your gums, keeping them supple, healthy and able to resist bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Try this: top off your cup of organic yogurt with a heap of chopped kiwi, or eat it whole with a spoon.

3. Green Tea

Green tea contains antioxidants called catechins which kill bacteria that form plaque and contribute to periodontal disease. Catechins also wipe out bad breath-causing bacteria. Try this: instead of drinks at a local bar, take your date out for some green tea, the antibacterial effects of tea will ensure that you’ll get a fresher kiss at the end of the night.

4. Wasabi
This may be a surprise to most people, but this is no ordinary condiment! Isothiocyanate, the substance that makes wasabi taste hot, also inhibits the growth of Streptoccoccus, a cavity-forming bacterium. Try this: eat out at your local sushi restaurant this
week. Wasabi will give a zing to your sushi, and also protect your teeth.

For any questions about oral hygiene or healthy foods, feel free to ask!

Best Regards, 

Dr. Josh Berd, DDS
Dentist and Educator
San Francisco, California

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