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Have you ever thought about eating for a healthy smile? Better eating habits can help you keep those white jewels in pristine condition! While brushing and flossing to avoid cavities and stains is a must, you should also consider what you are consuming. Here’s a list of both good and bad food for teeth, to help you make the best choices when it comes to your oral health.
If you are choosing fruit for your snack, then make it an apple! Not only is this fruit packed with fiber and water, but chewing on an apple stimulates the gums and gets saliva flowing in your mouth. Keeping the mouth hydrated is the key to fighting tooth decay. Saliva helps reduce the acidity in your mouth, rinses away cavity-causing bacteria and helps wash away any food particles. No wonder apples are often referred to as nature’s toothbrush.
Speaking of hydration, it naturally brings us to water. If you haven’t heard it before – water is the best beverage! The benefits of drinking plenty of water and keeping your body hydrated have been mentioned by every doctor, dietitian and trainer. There are so many health benefits from consuming adequate amounts of water including aided weight loss, energized muscles and keeping your skin looking radiant. On top of that water offers huge health benefits to your teeth. It’s the best beverage for maintaining oral health. Water, like saliva resists the acid attacks that cause cavities, washing off sugars and acid from the teeth. The fluoride that occurs naturally in water helps protect teeth from erosion. When it comes to oral health, water tops the list.
Full of calcium, protein, phosphates, vitamin D and necessary minerals, dairy products are a natural warrior for oral health. Since teeth are made up of mostly calcium, consuming enough calcium in your diet helps prevent decay and naturally strengthen your teeth.. Dairy products including milk, cheese and yogurt contain key minerals and proteins that help stabilize and repair tooth enamel.
Yes, we all love to snack! When choosing the best snacks, it’s hard to find anything better than healthy nuts, peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts and so on. They contain high levels of calcium, important vitamins, minerals and proteins, and if that weren’t enough, chewing on nuts gets saliva flowing. Like we mentioned earlier, this fights bacteria and keeps your smile safe and healthy.
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In this section, we will be switching over to the bad things that, if consumed regularly, could potentially damage your teeth and put your dazzling smile in jeopardy. Sugary drinks, including regular soft drinks, as well as diet sodas, are one of the worst offenders when it comes to keeping a healthy smile. Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by plaque bacteria that are aching for sugar to produce acids and erode your enamel. The other thing that puts sugary carbonated drinks on the worst offenders list is the citric and phosphoric acids, which can cause enamel erosion.Even diet and sugar free versions are culprits. Swap it for water!
Chewing on ice is not good for your teeth, so avoid this if you have the habit. Since ice is water you might think it’s good for your teeth. This is incorrect and we urge you to enjoy water in its liquid form—chewing on ice can damage your enamel.
We recommend that you reduce the amount of sugary candies and sweets in your diet. We all know that things like lollipops, caramels, jelly beans, hard candies, cookies, cakes and other desserts are bad for our teeth. This has been told to us from as far back as we can remember. Yet we tend to ignore it, finding it hard to resist these sweet temptations! However, the high amounts of sugar in these sweets can cause tooth decay and gum disease over time, potentially destroying a healthy smile.