The Best (And Worst) Foods For Your Teeth

Having healthy teeth comes not only from brushing and flossing, but eating right too. A healthy diet not only helps your waistline, but your teeth as well. We are going to go over some foods you should be eating, and some you should avoid, to keep the cavities at bay.

The Best

1. Dairy

Dairy, such as cheese or milk, adds minerals such as calcium and phosphate to your teeth that you may have lost as a result of other foods. Calcium, as well as the protein found in dairy, strengthens your tooth enamel and bones.

2. Water

Water will help wash any leftover residue off your teeth. It also contains fluoride, which will help protect your teeth against erosion.

3. Sugarless gum

Sugarless gum can help remove particles that may be stuck in your mouth.

4. Strawberries

Strawberries contain a natural enamel whitener, and many at-home whitening remedies contain strawberries.

Try this one at home: crush a strawberry, mix it with baking soda, and leave on your teeth for five minutes to reveal a whiter smile. Make sure to brush and floss afterwards to get all of the strawberry seeds out of your teeth!

5. High-fiber food

Many high-fiber foods require a lot of chewing, which can help clean your mouth and generate saliva that reduces the effects of acids on your teeth.

The Worst

1. Citrus fruits and juices

Acidic foods like lemons and limes are fine in moderation, but too much can erode the enamel on your teeth. These citrus fruits do contain a lot of nutrients so we don’t recommend avoiding them. However, we do advise to drink water while you enjoy your citrus.

2. Chewy candy

Chewy candy is often sticky and will likely stay on your teeth longer than other foods.

3. Pickles

Pickles contain acid from the vinegar that can damage tooth enamel. However, don’t worry too much about pickles damaging your teeth unless you are eating them multiple times a day.

4. Sugary Drinks

Sugary drinks give plaque the fuel it needs to produce acid that eats away at your enamel. Try to limit the soft drinks – even diet soda contains the enamel weakening acid. Also be weary of sugary juices or sports beverages. Sports drinks have sneaky amounts of added sugar. They can be okay when participating in a vigorous activity, but are oftentimes unnecessary.

5. Coffee or tea

Coffee isn’t bad on its own, but many people add in unhealthy ingredients loaded with sugar. Coffee is also notorious for staining teeth. A cup of coffee every once in awhile isn’t bad, but try to limit the sugar.

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