Dr. Kami Hoss knows that taking care of your teeth in general means regular brushing and flossing as well as using mouthwash. However, what many people don’t know is that what you put into your body can have a huge impact on your oral health as well. When it comes to food and drink and oral health, there are a few no-nos that go without saying. Sugary drinks like colas and sodas and even juices are bad because they can cause tooth decay and stain your teeth. Coffee can also stain your teeth if consumed regularly. As far as beverages go, milk and water are your two choices when it comes to the health of your mouth and teeth. Foods, however, are a bit more tricky. Since foods (not drinks) are our primary source for nutrition, we must factor in how the nutrients these foods provide us will help or harm our oral health. Take a look at some of the foods that will give the health of your mouth a boost.
- Crunchy fruits and vegetables
- Any fruits and vegetables are healthy for you, but the crunchy kinds are also good for your oral health and teeth. Foods like apples, pears, celery, and carrots, are great because because they’re abrasive and somewhat clean your teeth while you eat them. They also contain a lot of water, so they help to dilute the sugars found in these foods so it isn’t as potent when it comes in contact with your teeth.
- Foods that are very acidic.
- While fruits and vegetables, again, are great for your health, you have to be careful about ones that have high acid content. Foods like tomatoes, lemons, grapefruit, and any acidic foods or citrus fruit (citrus fruits contain citric acid), are safe to eat, but you should be mindful of eating them and include them as a part of a larger meal.
- Poultry and lean meats.
- Acid reflux, a common ailment, does more than just irritate your stomach and esophagus; it can actually work its way up into your mouth and cause erosion on your back molars. One of the most common causes of acid reflux is fried food and foods that are high in fat content. As far as animal proteins go, lean meats like turkey and chicken are great because they’re low in fat.
- Meat and foods with high fat content.
- For the same reason that low-fat proteins are good for reflux, foods that are high in fat are not. Fried foods are the single largest contributor to reflux, because they are literally fried in fat. Foods that are high in fat, especially meats like beef and pork, contribute to the reflux and thus to the possible erosion of enamel.
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