Many of you know the foods that are on the naughty list for your teeth. Foods like
candy and soda can wreak havoc on those pearly whites. So, in the spirit of the
season, we wanted to talk more about the foods that are on the nice list. There are
many foods that actually benefit your teeth and help to keep them sparkling white.
1. Cheese and Dairy
Your teeth are made mostly of calcium, so you definitely need to make sure
to have plenty of it in your diet. Without a sufficient amount of calcium in
your diet, your risk of tooth decay and other teeth problems goes up. Also,
cheese (especially hard cheeses) and dairy can reduce the acid levels in your
mouth. Since acids are the culprits of tooth decay, getting rid of acids is
2. Firm, crunchy foods
Foods such as apples, carrots and celery are good for your teeth for many
– These foods have a high water content, which can help to dilute sugars in
– When you chew these firmer foods, they can actually disturb the plaque
– Because you have to do a lot of chewing for these foods, your mouth
on your teeth and cleanse it away
produces a lot of saliva, which also helps to wash food particles away.
Nuts and seeds contain many vitamins and minerals that are good for your
4. High Fiber foods
Foods high in fiber, such as spinach and beans, also contain many mouth-
healthy vitamins. In addition, these foods also require a lot of chewing,
which helps produce saliva and rinse your mouth.
Water is always the best thing to drink at every meal. Not only is it good for
you, but it also acts as a rinse for your mouth. The more your mouth is
rinsed, the less chance those bad acids and bacteria have to stay around.
6. Sugarless Gum
Sugarless gum is great to chew after eating because it can help to rinse the
acids off your teeth and help preserve enamel. Make sure it is sugarless,
though. Gum containing sugar will have the complete opposite effect.
This holiday season try to get as much of these healthy-for-your-teeth foods as you
can. We know this is the season of candies and cookies, but if you can develop some
good habits, you can keep your teeth healthy.
David K. Buran Dentistry is here when you need your teeth checked and/or cleaned.
Just give us a call at (770) 943-0701. From our family here, we wish you all a Merry
Christmas and Happy New Year!