It is important to keep track of which foods can benefit your teeth and which foods can harm them. Foods that are high in sugars and carbohydrates are dangerous to your teeth because bacteria can break them down into harmful acids. The harmful acids can chew through tooth enamel exposing you to cavities.
Do not despair, as there are plenty of healthy options to keep your teeth safe. Here are some foods that can benefit your teeth:
– Sugarless gum is great for your teeth because studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for longer than twenty minutes can stimulate saliva flow, which can prevent cavities.
– Various foods that contain calcium and phosphorous can re-mineralize teeth and their protection of tooth enamel. These includes cheeses, meats (especially chicken), nuts, and milk.
– Crunchy fruits, such as apples and pears, have been shown to have extra high water content, which can be beneficial for washing away acids and food particles, as well as increase the production of saliva.
– Always eat a variety of foods to ensure a healthy and balanced diet. Try to avoid between-meal snacking and foods that are high in sugar.
To learn about more benefits to protect your teeth or gums, or to book an appointment with Dr. Gregory J. Brandau, please contact our dentist office of Sterling Dental at 941-926-9888. We are located in Sarasota, Florida, and look forward to making your oral health fantastic for the entire year and many more years to come!