Are you sure you know exactly what foods are healthy and unhealthy for your teeth? Let’s test your knowledge!
We would never support just eating healthy foods to replace a healthy habit of regular dentist visits and cleanings, regular brushings, flossing, and a good fluoride rinse. But there are some foods and drinks out there that can benefit the health of your teeth, gums, and your whole mouth. There are a lot of studies out there and a lot of ongoing research on this topic, so these are just a few of some of the best and worst foods for your oral health!
This might be surprising considering that some can stain your teeth. The big thing to remember is to avoid teas high in tannins and always avoid drinking herbal teas. But if you stick to White and Green teas, you are in luck. Polyphenols found in these teas slow down the growth of bacteria connected with cavities and gum disease. It cuts the ability of some bacteria to stick together with other bad bacteria. Black tea can even fight bad breath thanks to polyphenols.
Raisins are naturally sweet and don’t have any of those horrible man made sugars or sucrose that help your food stick to the surface of your teeth. Raisins also contain chemicals that could kill cavity-causing plaque bacteria.
Cheddar cheese can lower acid levels in the mouth and has the possibility to neutralize plaque acid found in the mouth. It helps lower the risk of tooth decay too! Chewing substances like cheese also increase saliva production and can wash out more bacteria found in the mouth.
Eating well and having proper nutrition doesn’t just benefit your body and mind. If taken seriously, it can also benefit your teeth and their health as well. If you have a poor diet, your teeth are actually more susceptible to plaque, cavities, and gum disease. Your mouth might even have a harder time resisting infection.
When it comes to destroying your mouth, the major player in that equation is sugar. Sugar leads to plaque, cavities, gum disease, bad breath, the whole nine yards. You have to be aware of the amount you consume and a lot of sugar is hidden in places you wouldn’t expect it. When you’re feeding your sweet tooth with your favorite candies, sodas, and other unhealthy options you are also feeding the bacteria in your mouth that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. If you keep up the habit and eat large amounts of these foods it is a constant attack on the protective enamel on your teeth. That can only last for so long until it is broken down.
Here are the WORST foods for your oral hygiene!
Very citrus heavy fruits
Sports drinks with heavy sugars
We are sure a lot of this list isn’t surprising, but it does need to be followed if you are wanting to keep your teeth healthy and happy for years to come. On top of eating well, make sure you come and visit us for your checkups! We are looking forward to seeing you soon!