Food For Thought: The Best and Worst Fare for Your Smile

by Jason 3/11/2014 9:59 AM

March is National Nutrition Month, which is the perfect time to take stock of the foods you’re eating – and take note of those that can have a positive or negative impact on your oral health.

Best Foods:

  • Foods Rich in Fiber: Fiber stimulates saliva flow to the mouth. Saliva is your second best defense against tooth decay, behind good dental hygiene routines.
  • Dairy: Dairy foods help replace minerals and vitamins in teeth that may have been lost.
  • Sugarless Gum: It’s another good saliva stimulator.
  • Water: A moist mouth is a healthy mouth. Water also helps wash away acids formed by sugary food.

Worst Foods:

  • Sugary Snacks: Research has proven that foods with high sugar content are damaging to our oral health. Sugary foods cause the acidity in your mouth to rise and promote tooth decay. Limit sugary snacks for a decay-free mouth.
  • Starchy Carbs: Cooked, starchy carbs are also major offenders. They can get stuck in your teeth and linger.
  • Carbonated Soft Drinks and Juices: Laden with sugars and acids, these drinks should be limited. If you choose to drink them, use a straw.

Enjoy foods that are good for your teeth – then raise your glass of water and say cheers to a lifetime of healthy smiles.

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