Keep Your Teeth Clean And Healthy With The Right Foods And Beverages
- Posted on: Dec 15 2015
The things you eat and drink every day can have a very positive or very negative effect on your overall health—but they can also seriously impact your teeth. Here’s what you should know about the connection between your diet and your dental health:
Things That Help Your Teeth Stay Healthy
- Dairy Products: Calcium important to the health of your bones and your teeth and your body needs vitamin D to use the calcium you consume. Many dairy products like milk and yogurt contain calcium and vitamin D. You can also get calcium from leafy greens like spinach and kale. To get more vitamin D in your diet, consider eating eggs, seafood, and fortified breakfast cereal.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C plays important roles in keeping your connective tissue healthy and keeping your immune system working. Both of these things can impact your oral health. There are lots of great sources of vitamin C including, bell peppers, strawberries, orange juice, broccoli, and spinach.
- Water: Water helps to rinse your mouth out, which keeps it cleaner. Water also helps your body produce saliva, which kills harmful bacteria inside your mouth. Drinking plenty of water keeps your mouth clean and helps you avoid drinking other beverages like soda that can harm your teeth. Aim for 8 glasses of water each day.
Things To Avoid
- Sugar: Sugar helps harmful bacteria thrive and that bacteria can lead to plaque, tartar, gum disease and tooth decay. Be particularly wary of things like hard candy that coat your teeth in sugar when you suck on them.
- Acid: Acid breaks down your enamel—the outer protective coating on your teeth. Many alcoholic beverages and fruit juices can be acidic. Coffee and tea also often contain a lot of acids. It should also be noted that darker beverages like coffee and wine can stain your teeth in addition to harming your enamel. You don’t necessarily have to give up your favorite beverages, but you should take extra care if you are drinking something dark or acidic. Rinse your mouth out with water right after drinking and consider sipping your beverage through a straw so that less of it comes in contact with your teeth.
Visit your dentist to learn more about keeping your teeth clean and healthy. Call (781) 772-1646
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