Posted on 11/20/2018 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
|When it comes to maintaining a healthy mouth, it is important to pay attention to what you eat. Nutrient-rich foods can keep your teeth strong and durable, while other foods can damage them. These are some important dietary considerations when it comes to your teeth.
Calcium Strengthens the Teeth
Calcium is one of the most important nutrients when it comes to the teeth. Calcium is found in dairy products like milk and cheese, and it will strengthen your enamel. Choosing low-fat, calcium-rich foods can help to ensure your teeth stay healthy.
A Balanced Diet Creates Healthy Teeth
In addition to getting enough calcium, you should also consume a well-balanced diet that contains other vitamins and minerals. Fruit, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains are recommended, and they will work together to keep your mouth healthy.
Acidic Foods Damage the Enamel
While eating fresh produce is good for your overall health, you need to be careful when it comes to your teeth. Citrus fruit is especially damaging due to the high acid content. Likewise, soda can also cause acid erosion, not to mention the fact that most sodas are packed full of sugar. If you do choose to indulge in one of these food or beverage items, make sure you rinse your mouth out with water before going about your day.
Sticky Foods Harm the Teeth
Sticky foods can also cause damage to your teeth. Items like raisins and other dried fruits can stick to the surface of your teeth, as can especially starchy foods like chips and bread. These food items will stick to the surface of the teeth, and with time, they can cause cavities.
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