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Top 10 foods for a healthy smile

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When it comes to maintaining a healthy smile, what you put into your mouth plays a big role in your oral health. Here are 10 foods that can help keep your teeth in good shape.

What foods are good for your teeth?

1. Quinoa

2. Kiwi

3. Shiitake mushrooms

4. Basil

5. Garlic

6. Strawberries

7. Leafy greens

8. Cheese

9. Green & black tea

10. Berries

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1. Quinoa

quinoa

Quinoa is loaded with a ton of minerals — calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphate — all of which strengthen teeth. Just be sure to have your floss on hand in case any of these tiny grains get stuck in your teeth.

2. Kiwi

kiwi

Vitamin C is essential for a healthy smile, and kiwi is full of it. Research has shown that if you don’t get enough vitamin C, the collagen in your gums can break down, making them more susceptible to bacteria.

3. Shiitake mushrooms

shitake mushrooms

These mushrooms not only make a great addition to your favorite pasta dish or stir fry. They also fight tooth decay thanks to the antimicrobial properties in lentinan, a sugar found in shiitake mushrooms.

4. Basil

basil

Basil can reduce bacteria in your mouth, helping combat bad breath and prevent tooth decay. No garden? No problem. Dried basil has the same properties.

5. Garlic

garlic

While you might be tempted to skip the garlic when you’re on a date, your teeth will thank you for eating it. The allicin in garlic gives it antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties, which can help fight gum disease by killing bad bacteria in your mouth while letting the good bacteria thrive.

6. Strawberries

strawberries

Don’t let their bright red color fool you. Strawberries can actually help whiten your teeth when you eat them. That’s because this sweet treat contains malic acid, a natural enamel whitener.

7. Leafy greens

leafy greens

Dark, leafy vegetables like kale and spinach are packed with vitamin A, which supports tooth health by building enamel. Plus the high fiber content acts like a natural toothbrush when chewed, scrubbing teeth clean.

8. Cheese

cheese

If you’re a wine drinker, be sure to pair that glass with a cheese plate. Cheese lightly coats your teeth and protects them from wine’s acidity and staining. Cheese also contains calcium, which is essential for healthy teeth.

9. Green & black tea

green and black tea

Despite what some may say about tea staining your teeth, green and black tea contain catechin — a natural antioxidant that has been shown to inhibit the bacteria that cause gingivitis. Sip away, tea-lovers.

10. Berries

blueberries

Add something bright and sweet to your diet. Blueberries, blackberries, cherries, and cranberries are all rich in anthocyanins, which can help prevent gross stuff like germs and bacteria from attaching to your teeth.

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