Those rich in Vitamin C aid in keeping teeth and gums strong and healthy. Excellent Vitamin C sources include red and green peppers, kiwi, strawberries, sweet potatoes, kale, cantaloupe, broccoli, pineapple, brussels sprouts, oranges, mangoes, tomatoes and cauliflower. Harder, fibrous foods such as carrots and apples are also good choices because chewing helps to stimulate the gums.
So how can you incorporate more teeth-healthy foods into your diet? Consider:
• Making a conscious effort to do so.
• Pre-washing your produce so it becomes an easy option when you have a snack attack.
• Adding fresh fruit to cereal, yogurt, ice cream and smoothies.
• Puréeing vegetables and add them to spaghetti sauces, pastas and different recipes. Often times you cannot even taste a difference. Carrot puree in spaghetti sauce and cauliflower puree in eggs are good ones to try.
It is doctor recommended that most people eat at least four and a half cups of fruits and veggies each and every day, but each body is different. Websites like http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov, hosted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, can help you figure out how many cups of fruits and vegetables you need and better determine what counts as a cup.