The Best & Worst Foods for Your Teeth

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by La Jolla Dentist | Jul 28, 2019 | General Dentistry

It likely comes as no surprise, but what you eat affects your oral health. Therefore, when your oral health is important to you, as it should be, especially if you are experiencing pain and need dental relief through dentistry treatment, consider the following information on the best and worst foods for your smile, brought to you, courtesy of La Jolla Dental Image Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

Best Foods

  • Cheese:  According to a study out of the American Academy of General Dentistry, cheese has been shown to increase the pH levels in the mouth as well as lowering the risk of tooth decay. Cheese is also high in protein and calcium, making it a great food for your teeth due to its strengthening nutrients. Cheese also provides nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel.
  • Leafy Greens: Some leafy greens like spinach and kale promote oral health because they are high in calcium, which helps to build the enamel. Leafy greens also contain vitamin B and folic acid, which have been found helpful in treating gum disease in some people.
  • Yogurt: As in the case of cheese, yogurt is high in protein and calcium, which can strengthen the health of your teeth. The good bacteria found in yogurt is also good at crowding out bacteria that can lead to the development of cavities.
  • Apples: Although apples are naturally sweet, which is typically a no-no when it comes to your oral health, specific sweets, like fruits are beneficial. This is because they are high in water and fiber. Eating them also promotes saliva to form in the mouth, rinsing away food particles and bacteria.
  • Celery: Acting much like a natural toothbrush, celery scrape food particles and bacteria away from the teeth. Celery is also a good source of both vitamins C and A, which are antioxidants that can give your gums a boost.

The Worst Food For Your Teeth

  • Hard Candies: While they might taste heavenly, hard candy can cause a great deal of problems for your teeth. When you eat hard, sugary candies, too often, the excess sugar can be extremely harmful to your teeth.
  • Citrus: While fruit is often thought of as beneficial, too much acidic fruit can erode the enamel. Losing enamel makes your teeth more susceptible to decay. In addition, the juices of acidic fruit can irritate any sores in the mouth.
  • Sticky Foods: Foods that are sticky in nature can remain on your teeth longer, which can cause damage.
  • Soft Drinks: Syrupy beverages, like sports drinks or sodas are bad for your teeth, especially when you sip on them throughout your day. Even sugar free varieties are harmful to your teeth.
  • Popcorn: Not only can popcorn pieces get caught between your teeth, leading to the growth of bacteria, but chewing the hard kernels can actually crack teeth, or even cut gums.

The above are a few examples of the best and worst foods you can consume as it relates to your oral health. If you are unsure if your current diet is ideal for optimal oral health, consider visiting us at LaJolla Dental Image Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for more information. Let our dentist help you ensure each and every tooth is protected and your smile remains as pristine as possible.