If you’re looking to boost your diet, then a good habit to pick up is swapping out junk food for healthier substitutes.
You can’t neglect your smile, but unfortunately there are some “healthy” choices that spell trouble for your teeth.
Nutritionally-speaking, dried fruit might be healthier than cookies and chips. Unfortunately, the natural and added sugars in sticky, chewy, dried fruits are just the sort of thing cavity-causing bacteria love. The texture of raisins and other dried fruits makes it hard to get them out of your teeth when you’re done eating.
Plain coffee is MUCH better than sweetened options. However, coffee is still notorious for staining teeth. No only that, the caffeine will dry out your mouth, and a dry mouth can’t fight off oral infections.
No, adding ice to your drink – even plain water – is not a bad thing. It’s when you get into a habit of chewing on ice that you put your teeth at risk. Ice-chewing is really bad for tooth enamel! Too much crunching on water in its solid form can wear down your teeth or break fillings.
Acid in foods like citrus fruits will weaken tooth enamel. This makes teeth more likely to pick up stain and develop cavities.
Wait a half hour after that glass of orange juice before brushing. This gives your saliva chance to neutralize acid in the mouth before you go brushing it everywhere.
In planning your diet, aim to go fresh, whole, and sugar-free, and drink lots of plain water.
It’s what your body needs! Your smile will thank you, too. Ask your dentist for more information about smile-friendly diets.
Posted on behalf of:
Seneca Family Dentistry
2860Seneca St Suite C
Sichita, KS 67217
You are what you eat, and the same goes for your teeth. Although most people are familiar with foods or drinks that might be bad for their teeth, not everyone knows what types of food are actually good for your teeth. Here are some snack suggestions that help improve the strength of your tooth enamel, improve the health of gum tissue, and help you avoid the need for dental fillings, crowns, and other dental restorations:
Of course, cheese is full of calcium to strengthen bones (and also to promote healthy tooth formation), but there are new findings that show cheese, milk, and yogurt can help strengthen already formed enamel as well. The pH levels in the mouth after eating cheese help reduce cavity formation and acids that weaken enamel. 2-3 servings of dairy each day are recommended.
Biting into and chewing fresh fruits and vegetables helps to naturally cleanse the teeth, massage the gums, and provide essential vitamins that boost your immune system. When possible, opt for fresh vegetables over cooked once.
Popcorn is a great afternoon snack that cleans teeth as it’s being eaten. Air-popped popcorn without added oils or butters is a great source of fiber and low in calories. Although, sometimes the occasional popcorn kernel may be troublesome, at least it will remind you to floss!
Nuts are a great source of proteins, nutrients, and healthy oils. They also aren’t very sticky, which means they won’t stick to your teeth and cause large amounts of acid erosion the way some types of foods do. Almonds, cashews, and peanuts can pack in things like calcium, vitamin D, and limit plaque formation.
Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental
Loosely defined, a superfood is one that offers a high amount of nutrition and antioxidants and fewer calories, ounce for ounce. Kale is thought to be a superfood, as are salmon, blueberries and many nuts.
But there are also foods that could be considered superfoods for your oral health. These foods help to reduce the amount of plaque build up on your teeth. Plaque is what forms when sugars in food reacts with bacteria. It is the yellowy, sticky substance that binds to teeth and can lead to tooth decay or periodontal disease (gum disease).
Following are five “super” foods that can help maintain healthy gums and teeth:
Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables
Crisp healthy foods like carrots and apples not only provide good nutrition, they effectively clean your teeth as you eat them.
Studies of teenagers show that those who ate cheese after consuming sugary foods had less bacteria on their teeth than those who drank milk or rinsed with water. Lesson learned, cheese is good for the teeth at anytime.
Black or Green Tea
While it may not sound like it, tea benefits teeth because it contains something called polyphenols, which help to curtail bacteria that causes plaque. In a study, participants who rinsed with black tea 10 times a day for one minute had less plaque than those who rinsed with plain water.
It is well known that strawberries are particularly good for your teeth because they help restore bacterial balance in the mouth and reduce the buildup of plaque. As a bonus, strawberries also help whiten teeth.
Getting into the habit of chewing sugarless gum after meals is a great idea if you want to reduce your risk of tooth decay. Gum helps to create saliva in the mouth, which acts to neutralize acids and sugars.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center
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