Best and Worst Foods

  1. The Best and Worst Foods For Your Teeth

Brushing and flossing on a daily basis will help you get rid of a good amount of the sugar and food debris in your mouth. When you make this a daily habit, you can avoid the buildup of plaque. By making sure you avoid building up plaque, you help keep away the corrosive acid that strips away your tooth enamel. This is important because it is what leads to cavities.

While brushing and flossing are great ways to take care of your oral health, there are foods that can be damaging to the health of your teeth and gums. We are going to go over what the best, as well as worst, foods are for your teeth.

    1. The Best Foods For Your Teeth

We’re going to start out with the best foods for your teeth. With this list in mind, the next time you shop you should pick out foods which are helping keep your teeth healthy.

      1. Cheese

When you eat cheese, you lower the acid levels in your mouth. An interesting feature of cheese is that it neutralizes acid in plaque. Not all dairy has this sort of pH balancing power, so stick to cheese if you want to balance out your pH levels.

      1. Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables

Chomping down on crunchy foods with lots of fiber helps remove dental plaque from your teeth. Fruits and vegetables such as apples, celery, and carrots help get rid of the bacteria which cause plaque and tooth decay. Besides having this effect, these fruits and vegetables are good for your overall health.

      1. Cranberries

As with tea, cranberries contain polyphenols. You will be able to get rid of plaque with delicious cranberries and enjoy doing it. The one caveat here is that most of the cranberries you get in the store have added sugar, which is damaging to teeth. If you can find cranberries without added sugar, then you have found a helpful way to protect your teeth.

      1. Sugarless Gum

Gum that lacks sugar but is still sweet, such as gum made with xylitol, can help clean your teeth. This is because chewing helps you produce saliva, which is your body’s natural way of cleaning and re-mineralizing your teeth. With sugarless gum, you can get rid of damaging acids from foods you have been eating.

      1. Strawberries

Strawberries deserve to be called out on their own for being helpful for your teeth. This delicious fruit contains malic acid, which is able to whiten your teeth. You can eat them but you can also make a special paste. All you need to do is crush up a strawberry, mix it with some baking soda, and apply the pulp to your toothbrush. Once you put this paste on your teeth, leave it there for five minutes and then rinse it off. Enjoy your whiter smile!

    1. The Worst Food For Your Teeth

There are many modern processed foods which are very damaging to your teeth. We are going to go over some of the worst culprits which can all but guarantee you will have issues with your teeth.

      1. Candy and Sweets

Anything that has refined sugar is just asking for trouble. Sugar tends to stick to your teeth and cause tooth decay. Chewy candies are going to be the worst culprits in the sweets department, since they stick to your teeth the most. If you just need to quell a sweet tooth, rinse your mouth out really well after eating candy.

      1. Crackers

While they are fun to munch on as a snack, crackers are packed with refined carbohydrates. These carbs convert to sugar quick, which leads to cavities formed by bacteria. Crackers tend to stick to your teeth after you chew on them for a while, which makes the damage all that worse and longer lasting. If you love crackers, you know how bits of them get stuck up in your molars and in between your teeth.

      1. Ice

Although it is technically not a food, there are people who treat it like it is. In fact, some people think it is actually good for your teeth! Since it is very hard, it can chip and damage your teeth. If you want to avoid damaging your enamel, forgo chewing on ice.

      1. Citrus

Teeth do not do well in an acidic environment. Citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, and grapefruits all contain acids which erode the enamel on your teeth. If you simply cannot live without citrus, you should remember to rinse out your mouth with some water to wash the acids off of your teeth.

      1. Dried Fruit

Any food that sticks to your teeth is going to be problematic. Dried fruit is an issue because it also contains sugar, which bacteria love to eat. Your teeth will be developing cavities in no time if you allow dried fruit to stay on your teeth for a long time. It is best to rinse your mouth out if you still want to eat dried fruit. An alternative would be to swap out dried fruit with fresh fruit. It will contain more nutritional value for you and it will not cling to your teeth.

      1. Popcorn

Who doesn’t love to eat popcorn while watching a movie? It seems like something you could not live without. We are not suggesting your punish yourself and avoid popcorn like the plague, but if you are going to tango with this delicious food, you should take care of your teeth afterwards. Popcorn can get trapped in between your teeth and cause bacteria to multiply. If you manage to bite down on an unpopped kernel, you run the risk of chipping your enamel. Rinse your mouth out after eating popcorn, floss well, and brush methodically.

      1. Be Mindful of What You Eat

Now that you know what the best and worst foods are for your teeth, you can pay more attention to what you are eating. After you lose your baby teeth and get your second set of teeth, those are the only ones you will ever naturally get. Do what you can to protect them! If you protect them and take care of them, you will be able to have nice and strong teeth for the rest of your life.