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The Best and Worst Foods For Your Teeth

Posted on 5/25/2012 by Tigard Family Dental
Woman drinking a glass of waterA lot of people tend to think that if they brush their teeth and floss everyday as well as visit their dentist for semi-annual cleanings then they are practicing great oral hygiene. Although doing these daily is great for your oral health, there are many more aspects to caring for your teeth then just brushing and flossing.

Diet and nutrition is just as important. The things you eat have an impact on your health and your teeth. We compiled a list of the best (and worst) foods to keep you smiling bright. Read on to find your best Tigard dentists choices:

High Protein and Calcium Foods

Dairy products are great for your mouth, anything with a lot of calcium. The reason we recommend dairy products for good oral care is because of the high calcium concentrate. Foods like milk, cheeses, chicken or other meats and nuts. These foods are great for your teethe because they can protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth (a natural process by which minerals are redeposit in tooth enamel after being removed by acids).

Fiber Rich Foods

Another favorite food choice is foods that are crunchy and firm, think fiber rich foods for example fruits such as apples, pears and vegetables. These foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva when eaten (which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid). Be weary of high acidic foods such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and lemons. They should be eaten as part of a larger meal because it will help to minimize the acid from them.

Water and Green Tea

You know how important it is to drink enough water everyday but maybe you don't realize that your dentist recommends it too. Drinking enough water daily will not only prevent dehydration but it washes away the tiny layers of bacteria that build up on your teeth.

Foods to Avoid

Sugar substitutes are available that look and taste like sugar; however, they are not digested the same way as sugar, so they don't "feed" the bacteria in the mouth and therefore don't produce decay-causing acids.
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Guess what? Sugar isn't the biggest culprit when it comes to a fizzy drink's impact on teeth. These beverages - diet or not - strip minerals from tooth enamel because of their high acid content. We're talking corrosive acids like phosphoric, malic, citric, and tartaric. And the flavor of the fizz matters. They all have an impact, but in a study, clear, citrus-flavored bubbly beverages dissolved enamel two to five times more than colas did. So pick water instead and you will be smiling bright.

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