Foods That Won’t Fight Your Teeth
If you enjoy a little junk food every now and again, then chances are you have gotten the “how much of this, how much of that” are you eating and drinking spiel from your regular dentist.
If you have then that’s ok, but there is a reason they ask. As I’m sure you have heard before from your dentist, some foods like candy and soda are absolutely vicious when it comes to your teeth, but what about some foods that can help your pearly whites?
One thing is for sure, they are out there, and they taste great too.
The first food is a bit of a surprise but, is great for healthy teeth. Cheese is calcium rich and contains low sugar, which for your teeth is a no brainer. Cheese also contains Casein, a time released protein typically found in milk, which helps to strengthen tooth enamel. The best part about cheese being on this list…it tastes so good!
If you’re bored and have a sweet tooth, but also want to have beautiful teeth, then this next one is right up your alley. Sugar free gum is a great way to have something delicious that won’t harm your chompers.
Most sugar substitutes or replacements are just as bad for teeth as regular sugar except for xylitol, which is what sugar free gum is made out of. This sugar replacement actually helps prevent detrimental bacteria from forming on teeth. Chewing gum is also a great way to pass time but remember, chew quietly!
Fresh fruits and veggies are also extremely beneficial for building strong and healthy teeth. Both require a good amount of chewing and encourage saliva production. If you are into your produce as much as your teeth then go with celery and pears.
Celery is stringy and will naturally clean teeth while pears have been proven to a successful neutralizing effect on acids. Bananas, apples, mandarins, and pineapples are all good too. However you will want to be weary of dried fruit as they are often sticky and sugary and will do a serious number on your enamel.
If you pair this short list with good brushing habits and regular visits to your dentist you will be on your way to a bright smile in no time!
This article was written by Penelope Devivo who works with Bassett Creek Dental, a Minneapolis dentist.
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