The Best and Worst Foods For Your Teeth
Just like the rest of your body, the health of your teeth depends largely on what you eat! Read on for a list of the best and worst foods for your teeth.
The Best Foods for your Teeth
- Dairy: Calcium and vitamin D help to build strong bones and teeth, while phosphorous protects enamel and helps replace minerals in teeth.
- Eggs: Eggs are another great source of calcium and vitamin D for tooth health.
- Fish, Meat and Tofu: These are good sources of phosphorous, which helps with remineralization.
- Dark Green Veggies: Green veggies are rich in vitamins and fibrous for great oral health.
- Crunchy Veggies: Carrots, celery, and other crunchy vegetables gently scrub the surfaces of teeth and stimulate the flow of saliva, which has enzymes that buffer against acids.
- Fake Sweeteners: Sugar-free gum does two important things: First, it is a good alternative to sugary treats, and second, the artificial sweetener Xylitol has shown great promise in preventing cavities.
- Apples: High in fiber, apples scrub away plaque and keep your breath fresh.
The Worst Foods for your Teeth
- Citrus Fruit: High levels of acidity in citrus fruit damage enamel.
- Soda: A combination of acid, sugar and carbonation can be a disaster for your teeth (not to mention the rest of your body!)
- Candy: Candy is full of sugar, which feeds the bacteria that cause tooth decay. In addition to that, candy tends to “stick around” because of its gooey texture.
- Red Wine: Wine is very acidic (white wine too!), which wears down enamel and leads to staining.
- Coffee: Tannic acids in coffee and tea wear down enamel, leading to excessive staining.
- Tomatoes: Another highly acidic food, tomatoes can wear down the protective surfaces of teeth.
- Pickles: Soaked in a bath of acidic vinegar and sugar, pickles can cause damage to teeth over time.
- Dried Fruit: These otherwise healthy snacks tend to get stuck in teeth and contain high amounts of sugar.
Don’t worry! We don’t expect you to avoid all of the foods on the “worst” list. In fact, there are things you can do to minimize the damage posed by these foods. Use fluoride toothpaste twice a day to keep enamel healthy, and floss once daily. Rinse your mouth out with water after eating.
And call us today to set up your next hygiene appointment! New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024.
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