A key component to oral health is being aware of everything that you eat. Many types of foods and snacks can be dangerous to your teeth and gums in all sorts of way. What you eat is important because bacteria in the mouth can convert sugars and carbohydrates into harmful acids that eat away at tooth enamel causing tooth decay. Some foods can lessen the effect, or even strengthen your enamel. Here is a list of some foods that are good for your teeth:
– Sugarless gum is great for your teeth because studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for longer than twenty minutes can stimulate saliva flow, which can prevent cavities.
– Various foods that contain calcium and phosphorous can re-mineralize teeth and their protection of tooth enamel. These includes cheeses, meats (especially chicken), nuts, and milk.
– Crunchy fruits, such as apples and pears, have been shown to have extra high water content, which can be beneficial for washing away acids and food particles, as well as increase the production of saliva.
– Always eat a variety of foods to ensure a healthy and balanced diet. Try to avoid between-meal snacking and foods that are high in sugar.
To learn about more benefits to protect your teeth or gums, or to book an appointment with Dr. Bartholemew Schultz, please contact our dentist office of Smiles of Distinction at 952-894-2545. We are located in Savage, Minnesota, and look forward to making your oral health fantastic for the entire year and many more years to come!