Eat your way to stronger, healthier teeth and gums with these five key ingredients. 

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By now it has been ingrained in our minds that brushing and flossing our teeth is important for a healthy mouth, but did you know that there are certain foods you can eat to boost your oral health? Tooth-enamel is the strongest material present in the body, and our teeth stand up to a lot of daily wear and tear. Try incorporating the following (yummy!) foods into your diet for a beautifully healthy grin.

 

1) Milk: Low in acidity and sugar content (the big decay factors), milk plays an important role in building strong teeth. Besides being high in calcium, milk contains phosphates and vitamin D, which are part of our enamel makeup.

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2) Basil: The fragrant herb is a natural antibiotic and contains many essential acids that reduce bacteria growth in the mouth, keeping our teeth and gums clean.

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3) Raw Onions: Raw onions contain antibacterial sulphur-containing compounds, that help to fight off cavities and periodontal disease.

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4) Whole Grains: Whole grains have a wealth of health benefits, and their B-vitamins and iron make our mouth and gums happy. Whole grains also contain magnesium, an important mineral in our enamel makeup.

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5) Pineapples: Besides being a sweet treat, pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain, which acts as a stain remover by destroying the plaque on your teeth. Plaque is dangerous because it breeds bacteria, which breaks down tooth enamel.

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