Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss and a Fork 4

When you think of foods that are good for your teeth and gums you probably don’t think about mushrooms. Mushrooms?  Surprisingly, mushrooms can help with plaque formation.

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Mushrooms

When plaque lingers on teeth, it hardens and forms tartar, which leads to gum disease. Only a dental hygienist can remove tartar, but shiitake mushrooms can stop plaque from forming in the first place.

A 2000 Japanese study at Nihon University found that a sugar in shiitake mushrooms (lentinan) creates an unfriendly environment for various plaque-causing Streptococcus bacteria.

Beating plaque is as easy as adding a cup of shiitake mushrooms to a stir-fry or stew. 

Yes they are good for your teeth! Who would have known.

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Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss and a Fork 3

This month we will discuss number 3 in our list of 12 beneficial foods for healthier teeth and smiles, Beta Carotene Packed Produce.

Orange-colored vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots and winter squash, are loaded with beta-carotene (vitamin A), an essential nutrient for forming strong bones, and healthy teeth and gum tissue. Diets low in these nutrients can lead to increased tooth loss, research shows. 

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Meals high in simple carbohydrates, like rice and sugary foods, and low in vitamin A-rich vegetables resulted in more decay than those with fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene, according to a 2009 study of more than 20,000 Japanese dentists.

Best sources are orange-colored fruits and vegetables like carrots, cantaloupe, apricots, papaya and squash, as well as green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale.

Next time we will discuss a food that you wouldn’t think about in relation to healthy teeth, Mushrooms!  Check back to find out about the good qualities it possesses.