As the saying goes, “You are what you eat.” Every private dentist and doctor knows this to be true. Every nutritionist in the world tells us this, and we continue to try to eat more healthily thinking it is for our overall health. But eating healthily is particularly important when you want to keep your teeth healthy, especially when we refer to your teeth and gums. Sugar, starches and carbs can be bad for your teeth and when you drink or eat these, you’re allow the bacteria that produces acid to eat at will. And this is what causes problems.
Some foods are just prone to inviting tooth decay. But there are also others that can help fight off plaque buildup and keep your mouth healthier. Let’s look into the foods that can help your mouth, and those that you want to eat less of. Or at the very least, brush after you eat them. Remember, this is what your private dentist is always telling you to do after you eat sweets. Still, the following are some good tips to help keep your smile bright and beautiful.
The Good Things
- Fruits and vegetables: Foods that are high in fiber can help your digestive system but also your teeth. These offer a natural way for your body to defend itself against cavities. They help remove bits of food and bacteria that causes plaque because they increase the saliva in your mouth and this offers a natural cleaning agent for your mouth. Saliva also neutralizes acids left by foods and prevents bacteria from making more acid that eats at the tooth enamel. These are fruits like apples, or vegetables like carrots and celery.
- Dairy products: These products contain calcium and vitamin D that keep your jawbone and tooth roots strong. Besides, milk has an added benefit in that it sticks to teeth, protecting them from acids that cause decay. It helps strengthen tooth enamel If you can’t drink milk, try one of the calcium-fortified waters,, juices, soy milks and other foods available, just make sure these do not contain added sugars.
- Sugarless gum: Chewing sugar-free gum after eating something produces more saliva which in turn rinses out food remnants and acids that damage the enamel. Use sugarless! Sugared gum does more harm than good and can give you cavities.
- Tea: Tea has tannins which are great antiseptics. These tannins eliminate bacteria and acids.
- Fluoride: Fluoridated drinking water is in all tap water, and this fluoride fights off bacteria and keeps tooth enamel strong.
The Bad Things
- Sugars: If you eat sweets, do so after a meal. The bacteria fighting properties of other foods will help clear away the acids and bacteria from the sugar. You also want to brush your teeth after you satisfy your sweet tooth. Avoid the types of sweets that stick to your teeth as these tend to get in the nooks and crannies of your teeth and are hard to get rid of. Limit your sugar intake to just one time a day and prevent yourself from snacking on these items several times a day.
- Simple carbohydrates: Items like white bread, potato chips, pasta or even crackers can be as harmful to the teeth as candy. These simple carbs offer a great meal for acid-makingbacteria, and they can stay in your mouth for long periods of time.
- Soda pop: These are the worst type of food for your teeth. Soda contains high amounts of sugar but also has acids like abscorbic and phosphorous. These acids wreak havoc on your teeth. You also want to avoid highly sugared juices and sport drinks, as these also have a lot of sugar. If you do drink these items, try to use a straw to keep the liquid away from your teeth.
- Limit certain acidic foods like oranges and lemons. When you eat these foods try to brush your teeth about thirty minutes after consuming them. This will wash away the acids they leave in your mouth.