Which Foods Are Good/Bad For Your Teeth?

Everyone has heard that candy will give you cavities, but which foods are actually good for your teeth? Continue reading to find out which foods will help fight tooth decay, and which ones to enjoy in moderation to keep your smile healthy and bright.

Fight Tooth Decay:

Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables stimulate saliva flow, which naturally fights cavities. Saliva washes away food particles and cleans your mouth, neutralizing the acids attacking your teeth after about 20 minutes. Crisp fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, and celery are great options to snack on.

Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, and other dairy products have calcium, phosphates, and vitamin D that keep your teeth healthy. Your teeth are mostly made of calcium, so not having enough of it can put you at risk of developing tooth decay. Calcium from these foods mixes with plaque and sticks to your teeth, protecting them from acids that cause decay and helping to rebuild tooth enamel.

Sugarless chewing gum can help rinse acid off your teeth after eating. Sugarless gum that contains xylitol has been shown to have decay-preventive qualities, inhibiting the growth of Streptococcus mutans, the oral bacteria that cause cavities.

Green and black teas slow down the process of tooth decay and gum disease because they contain compounds that suppress bacteria. Remember to brush your teeth after drinking your tea if you add sugar!

Moderate Intake:

Sugary candies and sticky sweets like lollipops, caramels, and hard candies make it hard for saliva to wash the sugar away from your teeth. Cookies, cakes, and other sugary desserts can also cause tooth decay, so be sure to limit your intake and brush your teeth after eating. 

Starchy, refined carbohydrates such as chips, breads, pasta, and crackers can stick around in your mouth and break down into simple sugars. Bacteria then feeds on it and produces acid, which causes tooth decay. 

Lemons, citrus fruits, and other acidic foods should not be kept in your mouth for a long period of time due to their acidic qualities that can erode enamel. 

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