Knowing what foods will and won’t work well for your teeth can be a daunting task, especially when you’re unsure of where to start. Look no further because our team is going to give you some of the best, and the worst, foods for your teeth.
The next time you are at the market, consider foods that are rich in calcium, phosphorus, water, fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. These essential nutrients can help your teeth by protecting and rebuilding tooth enamel, stimulate saliva production, protecting against decay and maintaining healthy gums. Some of these foods may include: cheese, plain yogurt, leafy greens, nuts, meat, poultry, fish, carrots, apples, pears and water.
There are some foods that just aren’t good for your teeth. These particular foods contain sugars that can adhere to teeth, causing the bacteria in your mouth to feed off of the sugars, releasing an acid that eventually leads to decay and cavities. This amount of sugar is typically found in food with little to no nutritional value. These foods may be: soda, juice, candy, cookies, chips or regular snack foods.
Other foods that are considered acidic or citrus should also be limited to your diet. The acid in these foods can erode tooth enamel, causing decay. You should try and limit foods like tomatoes, lemons, limes and fruit juices.
All of these foods, if treated in moderation, generally won’t give you long-term problems. After you eat any of these foods, practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth daily. Give our office a call today at 775-329-0500 with any of your questions or concerns about these foods for your teeth.