1. Green tea - Contains compounds that can fight inflammation and control bacterial infections.
2. Strawberries, kiwis and citrus fruits - The Vitamin C in these fruits is very important for overall gum health as it helps to prevent collagen from breaking down.
3. Nuts and seeds - As a great source of plant-based protein, they pack in powerful teeth-healthy micronutrients such as phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, zinc and calcium.
4. Onions - Thanks to their antimicrobial sulfur-containing compounds, onions contain bacteria-busting properties, especially when eaten raw.
5. Arginine-rich foods - Spinach, lentils, nuts, eggs and whole grains contain arginine, an important amino acid which may alter oral pH and reduce cavities.
6. Shiitake mushrooms - Shiitakes contain lentinan, a natural sugar that may help eliminate mouth bacteria and prevent gingivitis.
7. Apples, carrots, celery, and other low-acid, fibrous foods - These are often referred to as “dental detergents”. They stimulate saliva production, which keeps oral bacteria under control. They also have a scrubbing effect, literally cleansing the surface of your teeth as you eat, working to brush the bacteria away.
8. Added sugars from foods and beverages - Sipping on sugar-containing beverages such as sodas, fruit juices and energy drinks provides repeated hits of sugar on your teeth. These beverages are also highly acidic, which promotes demineralization. Steer away!
9. Oil Pulling - Science agrees that Oil pulling leads to a reduction in oral bacteria while healing gums and even whitening teeth. All done naturally!
Every morning, before brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth, measure one teaspoon of extra virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil. Swish this oil around in your mouth, while passing over your tongue, gums and all your teeth. For best results, try doing this for about 20 minutes, WITHOUT SWALLOWING IT. When you're done, spit it all out, rinse your mouth thoroughly and brush your teeth normally.
10. Get regular exercise - Regular exercise seems to protect against periodontal disease.
And lastly, don't forget to S M I L E !