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The 3 Best and Worst Things to Eat or Drink for Your Teeth

Living a healthy lifestyle is an all encompassing philosophy. Every part of your life affects your health in one way or another. One of the most commonly known associations with lifestyle health is that stress levels affect blood pressure and heart rate. One of the least known, certainly not very often thought about, is the relation between what we eat and how it effects our teeth and gums. Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to eating for your teeth.

The 3 Best for Your Teeth

  • Cheese

You either love it or hate it. Those that love it will be happy to hear that the calcium, protein and other nutrients help to increase the strength of the enamel in your teeth.

  • Apples

It seems the cliché is true, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". Apples have lots of fiber which is great for your whole body, but their texture is the best reason for eating them to help your teeth. Eating an apple helps scrub the surface of the teeth and increases saliva production which helps clean off the bacteria on teeth.

  •  Kale and Spinach

These leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals and calcium. This helps your teeth’s enamel to stay strong and healthy. Some medical professionals believe the folic acid found in these foods can help with gum disease as well.

 

The 3 Worst for Your Teeth

  • Citrus Fruits

While the vitamins and nutrients in citrus may be great for other areas of your body, the acid in them eat away at the enamel on your teeth which doesn’t grow back.

  • Sugary Drinks

Soda is the most obvious. Videos abound online of how erosive soda can be to our teeth. And the staining properties of coffee and tea are also pretty well known. However, even sports drinks and juice have such high concentrations of sugar that they are just as bad for your teeth. The best choice for your whole body is always water.

  • Candy

It’s pretty well known that candy is bad for your teeth. It’s not even just the sugar that’s a problem. Most candy is sticky and it stays stuck to your teeth for a long time. Even with brushing, it can be really hard to remove all the debris and particles stuck to the teeth.

The best way to protect your teeth is proper oral hygiene, and that includes regular trips to the dentist. Call our office today at 262-264-7711 to schedule your appointment for a bi-annual cleaning and check-up with Dr. Schwartz!

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