Did you know that 92% of adults have experienced tooth decay? Although cavities are common, they are often preventable. Besides brushing, flossing, and regular dental care, fluoride is another important component of maintaining a cavity-free smile. It’s known as “nature’s cavity fighter” because it is proven to lower the risk of decay. It’s found in many dental products, but it also occurs naturally in many foods and beverages. Here are the best foods to eat to strengthen your enamel.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay occurs over time when teeth are regularly exposed to sugars and starches, which feed bacteria that create an acidic plaque. If it’s not removed twice daily, it can slowly erode your enamel. Although your enamel is the hardest substance in your body, it isn’t indestructible. Not to mention, it can’t regenerate. Once you lose enamel, it’s gone for good.
Cavity-Fighting Power of Fluoride
Fluoride is proven to remineralize enamel to make teeth more resistant to cavities. It can also help reverse the early stages of decay. It has been added to many public water sources for decades because of its effectiveness in reducing decay.
Foods High in Fluoride
Fluoride is found all around you–from the soil you stand on to the foods you eat. The best foods to add to your diet to boost your fluoride intake include:
- Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins are healthy snacks to keep your body nourished. However, they also have one of the highest concentrations of fluoride. Although they are beneficial, they also contain natural sugar, so you’ll want to limit your consumption.
Many fruits are excellent sources of fluoride, like bananas, strawberries, and watermelons. They are a tasty treat to ensure your mouth and body receive the minerals and nutrients they need.
Seafood also contains fluoride. Healthcare professionals recommend eating crab legs, shrimp, and other seafood for the maximum benefits.
Vegetables are another great way to add fluoride to your diet. Spinach and potatoes contain the most. They are also excellent sources of nutrients and increase saliva production to rinse your mouth between brushing and flossing.
- Tea and Coffee
Coffee and black tea also contain fluoride, especially if you use tap water to brew them. However, they can also stain your teeth. Drink dark beverages all at once and use a straw to limit their contact with your teeth.
With a healthy diet, good oral hygiene habits, and semi-annual dental care, you can safeguard your smile from decay. You’ll invest in your oral health and general wellness to feel your best.
About Dr. Rob Schumacher
Dr. Schumacher underwent dental training at the University of Kentucky and the University of Michigan. He has regularly continued his education to provide up-to-date services. He is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through his website or call (781) 463-5029.