It is very important to know about the various foods that are beneficial as well as detrimental to oral health in order to prevent dental problems. Here is a list of some of the best and worst food items for our teeth. Try to include/avoid these the next time you are hungry.
To all those cheese lovers, REJOICE! Cheese is great for your teeth as it's rich in calcium. It also increases the saliva production, thereby washing away bacteria from your mouth.
Tip: Don't want to stop eating your favourite cookies or crackers that are not good for your teeth? Add on some cheddar and you'll definitely reduce the destruction!
Drinking strong black coffee (unsweetened obviously) protects your teeth to a great extent by fighting plaque and reducing the need for fillings! However over drinking could stain your teeth so don't drink a lot of it.
This is one of the best foods to keep your teeth healthy as it acts like a natural floss and also reduces the bacteria on your teeth.
4. Leafy Veggies (spinach, broccoli, kale)
These vegetables are rich in calcium that builds your tooth enamel. They are also known to treat gum disease commonly seen in pregnant women.
5.Meats and Fatty fish
Meats and fish are few of the most beneficial foods to improve oral health as they are highly rich in phosphorus (one of the most important mineral for protecting tooth enamel)
6.Water and Milk
These liquids require a special mention as they keep your saliva levels high and contain the highest levels of minerals to help prevent plaque. SO STAY HYDRATED.
Chewing sugar free gums definitely improves the flow of saliva and helps fight decay as it contains xylitol. So might as well replace an unhealthy snack with sugar free gum to keep you munching! :)
Cavity-causing bacteria love an acidic mouth, and yogurt balances PH levels. This helps reduce harmful bacteria. It is rich in probiotics that helps protect against cavities and gum disease.
Sesame seeds (til) are rich in calcium and help removing plaque from your teeth.
Among all the acidic fruits out there pears are the ones that help neutralize the acids in your mouth. So they are a great addition to your fruit basket!
1. Soda/ Energy drinks/ Sport drinks
These drinks are high in sugars and highly acidic that can eventually erode your teeth.
2.Chewy/ sticky candy
Consider your dental visits to increase a truckload, if you're eating candy. These are the worst foods for your teeth. Their high sugar content and sticky nature leads to excessive tooth decays and are the perfect snack for cavity-causing bacteria.
Tip: If you really can't stop having candy then try avoiding constant snacking throughout the day and instead have it during your meal thus reducing its frequency. Also, opt for chocolate instead of sticky candies.
It causes dehydration thereby decreasing the saliva and we know how important saliva is in washing away bacteria.
Potato Chips are very starchy and sticks to your teeth causing bacteria to flourish.
Apart from the wide range of health benefits from citrus fruits, they may not be the best for your teeth as the acids can erode your teeth and cause decay, so do not eat a lot of it at once.
Rich in carbs, sticks to your teeth and causes salivary enzymes to break down starch to sugar, a paradise of cariogenic bacteria indeed. So frequently eating white bread is definitely not recommended.
Tip: Eat whole wheat bread instead.
They are very harmful to your teeth, again because they're highly acidic.
Tip: Have some water immediately after having pickles to minimise the acidic action on teeth.
For all the people who love chewing ice it's a definite no-no for your teeth as they can damage the outer layer (enamel) to a great extent, damaged enamel can lead to tooth hypersensitivity which can be a menace.
Most crackers stick to your teeth and cause bacteria to flourish.
Tip: Rinse your mouth as soon as you eat to prevent decay.
Foods like berries, beet, soy sauce and tea can easily stain your teeth if you don't rinse after so make sure to rinse immediately to avoid those stains!
Now that you know which foods can damage your teeth and which ones are good for your teeth, it's time to reverse the dental damage.
Stay Happy and Floss Daily! ;)