Do you know which foods contribute to tooth decay and which help your teeth to be strong and healthy?

Tooth decay takes place when bacteria in your mouth reacts with sugars and changes it into acids. These acids start degrading the layers of your teeth; as a result, it causes decay and cavities. On the flip side, there are foods that you can eat that will help your teeth to be strong and healthy.

Let’s take a look at a few of these from both categories.

Foods For Healthy Teeth

Cheese: Eating cheese raises the pH in your mouth, lowering the risk of tooth decay. Cheese also contains calcium and protein, two nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel.

Yogurt: Yogurt contains a host of beneficial bacteria and when your mouth is full of good bacteria, it crowds out the bad bacteria.

Leafy Greens: It goes without saying that greens are good for your overall health, but they are also a superfood for our teeth. Not only are they high in calcium, which builds your teeth’s enamel, but they also contain folic acid, a type of B vitamin that has numerous health benefits, including possibly treating gum disease.

Apples: The action of eating an apple produces saliva in your mouth, which rinses away bacteria and food particles.  Eating an apple can tide you over until you’re able to brush your teeth

Foods You Should Avoid For Tooth Health

Candy: Not all candy is bad for your teeth, as long as you brush regularly. But stick candy, such as taffy and caramels, stick to your teeth (and can even get stuck in between your teeth), and allow bacteria to feast on the stuck sugar for an extended amount of time.

Hard candy is also a no-no for healthy teeth. The slow dissolve of these candies is bacterias dream come true.

Soda: It’s not so much the sugar in the soda that erodes teeth, but the acid. So steer clear and choose water instead.

Citrus Fruits: Yes, fruit is good for you but you need to choose wisely. The acid in lemons, such as in fresh lemonade, can rob your teeth of enamel.

Of course, visiting a dentist at regular intervals is also essential to healthy teeth. If you haven’t had an exam in the past six months, call today to make an appointment. 

Happy Smiling!