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How Healthy Teeth Are Linked to a Healthy Diet

Feb 27, 2019
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Our diet plays a major part in our dental health. Every piece of food we eat has a direct effect on our teeth.
Here’s a guide on healthy food choices that are good for your teeth and unhealthy options that damage them:

Foods that are good for your teeth

Fruits and vegetables

Raw and cooked fruits and vegetables are known to contain water, vitamins, and minerals that are beneficial to the body. The high water content in these foods helps to balance ingested sugars and keep your teeth clean.
Citrus fruits and strawberries are high in vitamin C, which promotes gum health and makes wounds heal quicker. Vitamin A is found in vegetables like sweet potatoes, spinach, and carrots, and is vital to the health of the enamel.
Fruits and vegetables are a great source of fiber that help improve saliva production and keep the teeth clean and free of plaque.

Dairy

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Dairy products are known to be highly beneficial for your teeth. They provide a protective layer to the teeth that helps prevent decay. Cheeses neutralize the pH level of the mouth and promote saliva production, which helps fight off bacteria.

Protein

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Tofu and almonds are known to promote teeth health since they’re packed full of calcium and other nutrients. Other sources of protein like fish, poultry, and red meats are good for your teeth as well. Protein-rich foods are often high in phosphorous, which helps rebuild and protect the enamel.

Water

Not many people realize how beneficial water is for their dental hygiene. Not only does it hydrate your body, but it also helps wash away bacteria present in the mouth. Consuming water is the best way to hydrate your body, unlike sugary carbonated drinks that attack the enamel.

Foods that are harmful to your teeth

Hard candies

You’re probably aware of how bad sugar is for your teeth. Bacteria loves to feed off the sugars in your mouth that are left behind by candy. Hard candy is also known to damage the surface of your teeth.

Ice

Eating ice may seem strange to many, but it’s surprising how many people enjoy it. Ice pica is an addiction to consuming ice. Research has shown that those who frequently reach out for ice have iron deficiencies.
Chewing on ice can cause micro-fractures in the enamel. Ice can also cause you to break your teeth. A damaged enamel can cause sensitivity, the sharp pain you experience when you consume anything too hot or cold.

Coffee/Tea

Caffeinated drinks are known to cause dry mouth. The reduction in saliva production allows harmful bacteria to latch onto your teeth.  

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