Tooth-Friendly Diet

Can you diet affect your teeth? Absolutely! You probably already know that eating a lot of sugary foods is bad for your teeth, and warn your children about cavities every Halloween, but there is more to a tooth-friendly diet than simply ignoring sugar. Eating the right foods and drinking the right beverages can actually help you keep your natural teeth longer while avoiding staining and other damage.

A Calcium-Rich Diet

When your mom told you to drink your milk, she was not wrong. Adequate calcium intake keeps teeth strong and healthy. When you do not have enough calcium, the body may pull it from your teeth to compensate, and this can lead to an increased risk of cavities and tooth decay. Aim for two to four servings a day of diary or other calcium-rich foods.

Vitamin-C

Vitamin C also helps promote oral health. In fact, those who eat less than the recommended daily amount of vitamin C are 25 percent more likely to develop gingivitis than those who eat more than the recommended daily amount. Adding citrus fruit or kiwi to your daily diet will help. Just one serving per day will help.

Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables

Crunchy fruits and vegetables not only add important nutrients to your diet, but also help wipe away the bacteria that can lead to plaque. The chewing motions required to eat these foods also help you create more saliva in your mouth, which neutralizes bacteria in the mouth.

Avoiding Sugary Snacks

Of course, sugar is the enemy of healthy teeth. Enjoy sugary snacks in moderation. Hard candies and gummy candies, which can stick to the teeth, are particularly damaging. Acidic foods can also be a problem for teeth, as the acid breaks down tooth enamel. Soda, which contains both acid and sugar, is another dangerous food for your teeth.

Everything you put in your mouth comes in contact with your teeth, and your food also has the potential to give your teeth nutrients they need to be healthy. Make sure you protect your oral healthy by choosing foods that do not damage, but rather support, your oral health. If you have further questions about a tooth-friendly diet, talk to Dr. James J. McCall.

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