You may know this about us already, but we’re huge advocates of holistic oral health.
What exactly does that mean? It means cultivating oral health from every angle...your oral hygiene routine, your supplements, your sleep habits, your stress management, and your gut health. And all of these things involve your diet.
Not only do foods have the power to make or (literally) break the surface of your teeth, they provide you with essential nutrients to promote gut health, mental health, oral health, and more.
As a vegan, it can be a little bit trickier to ensure you’re getting the best nutrients for your oral health through your diet alone. That’s exactly why we’re sharing some fresh spring foods that are amazing for your oral health.
Oh, and that’s also why we’ve created the best natural vegan toothpaste on the market. Not to mention, one of these vegan toothpastes is fortified with nano-hydroxyapatite (n-HA), one of the best natural substances for strengthening your enamel and promoting oral health and longevity.
Mint doesn’t just freshen your breath.
It actually has natural antibacterial properties, allowing it to tame the growth of bad bacteria in your mouth. It plays a huge role in maintaining a healthy bacterial balance in your mouth (which is also super important for your gut).
On top of that, mint is also anti-inflammatory. This means that it can ease pain, reduce sensitivity, and soothe swelling and redness.
Last but not least, mint is rich in vitamins and minerals, and it increases saliva production! Saliva helps with flushing bacteria, breaking down food for digestion, and preventing dry mouth....all of which are essential for your overall oral health!
Depending on the flavor, you’ll find peppermint oil and spearmint oil in our vegan toothpaste. We’ve developed custom mint blends that are ultra-premium and sourced+produced here in the USA.
This sweet spring treat is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and more, so strawberries naturally benefit your immune system and overall health.
They may be red, but did you know that they actually have the ability to whiten your teeth? Strawberries contain malic acid, which naturally works to whiten your enamel. Take that fun fact with a grain of salt though, as fruit could never replace the whitening power of a carefully formulated substance like our vegan toothpaste....which contains baking soda, hydrated silica, calcium carbonate, and more to keep your pearly whites shining.
Carrots are nutritious, fibrous, and rich in vitamin A.
Vitamin A boosts saliva production, and saliva naturally flushes damaging acids from the surface of your teeth. It also helps to produce the wet coating on your gums and cheeks, making it harder for microorganisms and oral pathogens to get comfy inside your oral microbiome.
For an added benefit, pair your carrots with some celery, as it’s rich in water, antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin A, too!
Some people call apples “nature’s toothbrush,” but we still think you should keep your real toothbrush.
Not only do raw, fibrous fruits like apples supply you with essential vitamins and nutrients, but they also have the ability to “exfoliate” and clean the surface of your teeth as you eat them.
5: leafy greens
Leafy greens offer essential nutrients like calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and phosphorus, all of which work to keep your teeth strong and resistant to wear/decay. In the spring, the following leafy greens are in peak season:
- swiss chard
- collard greens
Take your pick! When you eat them whole, their textured surfaces also work on polishing the surface of your teeth. But if you get tired of them, try hiding them in smoothies to get that extra nutrient boost throughout your day.
6: nuts and seeds
Various nuts and seeds like almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, chia seeds, and more are rich in calcium, protein, and phosphorus. Together, calcium and phosphorus create calcium phosphate, a substance that strengthens your bones and teeth, making them more resilient to damage and decay.
make hydroxyapatite a habit
Of course, our vegan toothpaste provides your mouth with intentional ingredients that work together to break down plaque, reduce bad bacteria, cleanse, exfoliate, and whiten your teeth.
But as a vegan, because you’re not consuming any calcium-rich animal products or animal byproducts, it’s important to make hydroxyapatite a habit.
Hydroxyapatite is a calcium-based mineral that already exists in your enamel and dentin, so brushing daily with hydroxyapatite toothpaste can replenish nutrients that have been stripped away through normal wear and tear.
Because of its small particle size and natural occurrence in your body, nano-hydroxyapatite has the unique ability to bind to your tooth’s enamel, remineralizing any damage from the inside out.
Our third-party lab results show that regular brushing with our nano-hydroxyapatite toothpaste can plug and remineralize tubules (holes) and imperfections in your enamel, reducing sensitivity and promoting long-term oral health.
In addition to a healthy diet, it’s one of the best things you can add to your vegan oral care routine. Don’t just take our word for it...see for yourself!