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Superfoods for healthy and shiny teeth | The Indian Express

Superfoods for healthy and shiny teeth

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Superfoods can play a vital role in promoting dental health by providing essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, according to Dr. Vishwas Patil.

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Water is a significant yet overlooked superfood that hydrates the oral cavity, flushes out food residue, and creates an ambient environment for saliva production.

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Leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, lettuce, and root vegetables such as carrots and celery are rich in folic acid, which helps fight gum diseases.

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Apples, strawberries, and cranberries stimulate saliva production, neutralize harmful acids, and act as natural enamel whiteners.

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Guava and amla (gooseberries) are rich in vitamin C, aiding collagen production and keeping gums strong and healthy.

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Nuts like almonds, cashews, pistachios, and walnuts contain micronutrients, which reduce the risk of cavities and prevent gum diseases.

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Seafood, particularly fish, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, helps reduce gum inflammation and speeds up the healing process.

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Green tea, with polyphenols and catechin, helps curb the risk of periodontal diseases and serves as an extra source of fluoride, preventing bad breath.

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Legumes like chickpeas, black urad dal, and black channa are rich in folic acid, magnesium, zinc, and iron, strengthening enamel and reducing the chances of tooth decay.

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Dairy products, including milk and cheese, contain casein, a protein that repairs and builds enamel.

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