In between visits to the office of Dr. Daniel M. Bade DDS., there is a lot you can do on your own to look after your oral health. When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, the food that you put in your body matters a great deal. Below are two lists compiled by medical experts of the best and worst foods for your teeth. This information can help you determine what to add and eliminate from your diet.
The Best Foods for Your Teeth
Dental experts are always warning about the foods that cause cavities, gum disease, and other mouth injuries, but it seems like fewer talk about the foods that benefit your teeth. In the same way that a proper diet enhances physical health, proper nutrition contributes to oral health. According to a study by Colgate toothpaste, the following foods help to prevent food decay and cavities:
- Cheese – Raises the pH in mouths, which lowers the risk of tooth decay. Also contains calcium which strengthens tooth enamel.
- Yogurt – Also high in calcium, it creates beneficial bacteria which helps your gums.
- Leafy Greens – Full of vitamins and low in calories, which builds tooth enamel.
- Apples – High in fiber and water. Eating apples creates saliva, which rinses away bacteria.
- Carrots – High in fiber and a good source of vitamin A and C.
- Celery – Scrapes away food particles and bacteria from teeth and celery is a good sources of vitamins A and C.
- Almonds – Good source of calcium and protein while being low in sugar
The Worst Foods for Your Teeth
As with all diets, it’s helpful to know what foods you should eat, but the harder part is usually staying away from the foods that you should not eat. The following is a list from the ADA of the worst food for you teeth:
- Hard candy – Full of sugar and they run the risk of a chipped or broken tooth
- Ice – Chewing ice makes your teeth vulnerable and damages enamel.
- Citrus juices – The acid erodes enamel and irritates mouth sores.
- Coffee – Stains teeth, drys out mouth, and often sugar is added.
- Soda/sports drinks – Sugary, plagued with bacteria, and acids that soften teeth.
- Alcohol – Causes dehydration and dry mouth. Lessens the flow of saliva which can lead to tooth decay and other oral infections.
Another way to look after your teeth is to always read the food labels so that you are aware of what nutrients you are consuming. For more information on ways to take care of your oral health, call the offices of Daniel M. Bade DDS today: 219.931.3235. Visit our preventative dentistry page to learn more ways to fight cavities and limit your exposure to unwanted bacteria.