How foods can impact your teeth!
We all have different eating habits and different tastes. Some of us like to have a basic breakfast of cereal or eggs with some fruit and coffee. Others of us like to indulge in a pastry or donuts with a big glass of milk! For lunch, a nice sandwich or salad are common and for dinner, pasta, a meat, a soup or something like that is familiar to many.
No matter what your eating habits might be, did you ever wonder what the best (or worst) foods are for your teeth? Or did you ever think about the fact what you eat can impact your teeth?
When it comes to eating things that are 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
- 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
- Sugar free foods or candies
These foods can lead to cavities due to their sugar content. Additionally, they tend to 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 and end up contributing to larger problems.
One surprise “bad” item making the “foods to avoid” list above is cough drops. Believe it or not they usually contain a lot of sugar and since they are sucked on for several minutes those sugars stay in your mouth and on your teeth.
Now that we know some “good” and “bad” foods for our teeth, let’s go over how to best keep your teeth clean!
First, you can start by chewing gum after having something with sugar. Chewing gum (look for the “sugar-less” type) increases saliva and helps “rinse” away sugar from the teeth, as well as helps to free any stuck food from your teeth or gums.
Second, 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!
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