We’ve known for quite some time that the food we put into our bodies has a huge impact on our overall health. What you may not know is that specific foods can also help you have much healthier teeth. Conversely, some foods and drinks are damaging to your dental health.
You know that calcium is an important part of a healthy diet, but that’s not all! Phosphorus also plays a big part in your dental health, and foods like cheese, chicken, nuts and dairy products all include both nutrients.
Foods with a high volume of water like crunchy fruits and vegetables all help wash away remaining foods particles that can lead to tooth decay. While foods like citrus and tomatoes are good for you, they also are highly acidic and best eaten as part of a larger meal. That will help keep the acid to a minimum.
Hard candies and mints, sweet baked goods and dried fruits like raisins can potentially cause problems. They sticky sweetness adheres to teeth, trapping bacteria and possibly leading to tooth decay or gum disease. If you like to enjoy these types of foods, do so in moderation and make sure to floss, brush and rinse immediately afterwards.