Biting Off More than You Can Chew

The Best and Worst Foods for Your Dental Health

Getting whiter teeth may seem like the most common issue when it comes to dental care but this does not mean that we should neglect overall good dental health. For healthy teeth and gums, dentists always advise us to brush and floss regularly, and also to always have regular dental visits.


Experts also stress on the importance of our food and drinks choices when it comes to maintaining stronger and healthier teeth. Of course it goes without saying that sugary and staining foods and drinks should be kept to a minimum. However, there are also other foods and drinks that are ruining our teeth below detection.


Worst of the Bunch

  • Citrus

Citrus fruits rich in vitamin C such as lemon, orange, grapefruit and lime are crowd favorites. Unfortunately, while these fruits may be great for your diet, they are also highly acidic. Eating fruits or even drinking citrus-fruits infused water daily will make you at risk of tooth problems due to enamel erosion. As the enamel erosion worsens, the more sensitive and more prone to damage our teeth gets. Fight these negative effects by instantly drinking water immediately after consuming citrus fruits and making sure that you wait for at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.


  • Wine

Another healthy beverage, red wine contributes in keeping your heart healthy and happy. As a side effect though, you may experience a bit of staining from red wine and even the safer white wine. The fruit acids present in wine also contribute in enamel corrosion.


  • Dried fruits

We see dried fruits as a healthy alternative to candy. When it comes to dental health, the negative effects outweigh the positive ones. Since dried fruits do not have water, you are left with eating something with concentrated amount of sugar. Its chewy and sticky texture makes it possible for bacteria to be trapped in between the teeth.


Best of the Best

  • Water

Water, in its purest form, is good for your dental health. It rinses away bacteria, sugars and another nasty substances stuck in your mouth and in between teeth. Water with fluoride helps in protecting the teeth against erosion. Most tap waters in the country today contain fluoride.


  • Dairy

As our parents always tell us when we were young, drinking milk helps in producing stronger bones and teeth. And since milk is the number one dietary source of calcium, it is no surprise that eating or drinking something with dairy helps strengthen and repair teeth.


  • Leafy vegetables

Leafy greens are high in fiber and require quite a lot of chewing. Chewing helps produce saliva in the mouth in order for cleaning and the neutralizing of acids.


  • Sugar-free gum

Hewing on sugarless gum, instead of those with sugar, will clean up acid and bacteria from between teeth. When you’re stuck outside and can’t brush your teeth after a meal, pop a piece of sugar-free gum to clean up any trapped food particles in your mouth and between teeth.


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