Eating Right for Healthy Teeth

Eating Right for Healthy Teeth

Eating right for healthy teeth

We all have different eating habits.  Some of us drink a smoothie for breakfast while others enjoy eggs, bacon, pancakes and several cups of coffee.  For lunch, a nice green salad is enjoyable for some while others enjoy a juicy hamburger followed by a handful of M&M’s for dessert. 

No matter what your eating habits might be, do you ever wonder what the best (or worst) foods are for your teeth?   

When it comes to eating foods good for your teeth, here are some things that make the top of the list:

  • Dairy products (milk, cheese, etc.)
  • Water or non-sweet tea
  • Chicken
  • Nuts
  • Crunchy foods like carrots or celery

These items can help provide the teeth with calcium and phosphorus, two important items that your teeth need to stay healthy. Additionally, crunchy foods, like those listed above cause your mouth to make saliva that will naturally keep your teeth clean by washing away foods.

When it comes to eating things that are bad for your teeth, items include:

  • Anything with sugar (juices, soda, candy, etc.)
  • Sticky foods
  • Lollipops
  • Sugar free foods or candies

These foods can lead to cavities due to their sugar content but they can also stay on your teeth for longer periods of time.   Even sugar free foods can have the same number of calories as their sugar filled friends thus contributing to larger problems. One surprise item making the bad list above is cough drops.  Believe it or not they typically contain a lot of sugar and since they are sucked on for several minutes those sugars stay in your mouth and on your teeth.

How do you keep your teeth clean?

There are several things to do in order to maintain proper tooth health.  You can start by chewing gum after having something with sugar.  Chewing gum increases saliva and helps “rinse” away sugar from the teeth, as well as helps to free any stuck food from your teeth or gums.

You can maintain good brushing habits. 

  • Brush your teeth 2 times a day for up to 2 minutes each brushing
  • Floss your teeth
  • Use a mouth wash

It is also recommended to see your dentist for regular check-ups to keep your teeth and mouth happy and healthy.  Please call our offices today to make an appointment with us to discuss what’s best for you!