Eating for Good Oral Health
Balanced eating is essential for overall healthy living, but how does it impact your oral health? Choosing foods that are good for your teeth can help you avoid tooth decay, painful cavities, and dental visits. Making sure that you eat foods that are rich in calcium and lean protein promotes the health of your teeth. Avoid foods that are high in sugar and/or acid to prevent decay from happening in the first place.
Foods that are good for your teeth:
- Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt provide calcium to your teeth while exposing them to little sugar. Dairy is also a great source of protein.
- Lean proteins such as poultry, lean beef, fish, and legumes help strengthen your teeth and help build enamel.
- Fruits and vegetables to help clean your teeth and strengthen your teeth against decay.
- Fluoridated water helps teeth resist decay and acid attacks from the foods we eat.
Foods to avoid:
- Citrus Fruits are acidic and so they erode enamel, placing your teeth at risk for decay
- Coffee is acidic and wears on the enamel of teeth. Adding sugar to your coffee to make it tastier also promotes tooth decay. Coffee and tea can also lead to tooth staining.
- Sticky foods such as fruit snacks and dried fruits
- Potato Chips and other starchy foods
- Soda is acidic and packed with sugar, avoid to prevent your enamel from decaying.
- Sports Drinks
- Other foods that are packed with sugar (Cakes, desserts, hard candies, etc.)
As always, brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. See your dentist regularly to prevent problems from happening. If you eat food that is high in sugar or acid, brush your teeth thoroughly. Consistency is key. Eating foods every day that are good for your teeth ensure that they stay healthy for years to come!