Natural foods can lead to a healthier smile

The mouth is the gateway to health in the body. The foods we eat can definitely affect not only oral health, but the body. Fo
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

The mouth is the gateway to health in the body. The foods we eat can definitely affect not only oral health, but the body.

Foods also can impact our smile. We all know the impact of candy and sugar on teeth, but the good news is that there are many foods that promote a great smile.

The goal is to promote a balance of the mouth's complex eco-system of bacteria and other microorganisms. Carbohydrates and sugars promote acid, which promotes the bad bacteria, but eating the right foods promotes anti-inflammatory, alkalizing and antioxidant rich factors that lead to a healthy smile.

Green leaf vegetables are excellent alkalizes. Also they have generous amounts of fiber, which promotes plague removal from teeth and fresh breath. Celery helps freshen breath along with parsley. Cilantro removes heavy metals, great to eat if you have mercury based fillings.

Excellent whiteners are apples, carrots, pears and raw almonds. Fish, especially wild salmon are high in omega-3 fatty acids with great antioxidant potential.

Green tea has a substance called catechins, which kills bacteria that convert sugar to acid. Kiwi is a rich source of vitamin C. Mushrooms, especially shitake mushrooms have lentinan that prevent the effects of harmful bacteria on the teeth. Wasabi, the Japanese horseradish seeds with sushi, has the substance called isothiocyanates that inhibits cavity forming bacteria.

Water is by far the best way to stimulate saliva, which is your body's best defense against harmful teeth bacteria.

It has been shown that most of the major age-related systemic diseases are connected to the state of our oral health, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, low-birth eight babies, Alzheimer's disease and pneumonias.

Try these foods and not only improve your mouth but your body at the same time.