• Dr. Nureen Sultana

Best and Worst Foods For Healthy Teeth

Updated: Aug 1

I've always been a foodie and my love for food cannot be expressed in words.

I enjoy trying out different cuisines from around the world, after all good food can always cheer you up! Here is a list of some of the best and worst food items for our teeth. Try to include/avoid these the next time you are hungry.



BEST FOODS

Cheese


To all those cheese lovers, REJOICE! Cheese is great for your teeth as it's rich in calcium. It also increases the saliva production, thereby washing away bacteria from your mouth.

Tip: Don't want to stop eating your favourite cookies or crackers that are not good for your teeth?Add on some cheddar and you'll definitely reduce the destruction! ;)



Black Coffee


Drinking strong black coffee (unsweetened obviously) protects your teeth to a great extent by fighting plaque and reducing the need for fillings! However over drinking could stain your teeth so don't drink a lot of it.



Celery


This is one of the best foods to keep your teeth healthy as it acts like a natural floss and also reduces the bacteria on your teeth.



Leafy veggies (spinach, broccoli, kale)


These vegetables are rich in calcium that builds your tooth enamel. They are also known to treat gum disease commonly seen in pregnant women.



Meats and Fatty fish



Meats and fish are few of the most beneficial foods to improve oral health as they are highly rich in phosphorus (one of the most important mineral for protecting tooth enamel)



Water and Milk


These liquids require a special mention as they keep your saliva levels high and contain the highest levels of minerals to help prevent plaque. SO STAY HYDRATED.



Gum


Chewing sugar free gums definitely improves the flow of saliva and helps fight decay as it contains xylitol. So might as well replace an unhealthy snack with sugar free gum to keep you munching! :)



Yogurt


Cavity-causing bacteria love an acidic mouth, and yogurt balances PH levels. This helps reduce harmful bacteria. It is rich in probiotics that helps protect against cavities and gum disease.


Sesame seeds


Sesame seeds (til) are rich in calcium and help removing plaque from your teeth.



Pears


Among all the acidic fruits out there pears are the ones that help neutralise the acids in your mouth. So they are a great addition to your fruit basket!



WORST FOODS:


Soda/ Energy drinks/ Sport drinks



These drinks are high in sugars and highly acidic that can eventually erode your teeth.

Chewy/ sticky candy



Consider your dental visits to increase a truckload, if you're eating candy. These are the worst foods for your teeth. Their high sugar content and sticky nature leads to excessive tooth decays and are the perfect snack for cavity-causing bacteria.

Tip: If you really can't stop having candy then try avoiding constant snacking throughout the day and instead have it during your meal thus reducing its frequency. Also, opt for chocolate instead of sticky candies.



Alcohol


It causes dehydration thereby decreasing the saliva and we know how important saliva is in washing away bacteria.

Potato chips


Potato Chips are very starchy and sticks to your teeth causing bacteria to flourish.

Citrus fruits


Apart from the wide range of health benefits from citrus fruits, they may not be the best for your teeth as the acids can erode your teeth and cause decay, so do not eat a lot of it at once.


White bread


Rich in carbs, sticks to your teeth and causes salivary enzymes to break down starch to sugar, a paradise of cariogenic bacteria indeed. So frequently eating white bread is definitely not recommended.

Tip: Eat whole wheat bread instead.

Pickles:


They are very harmful to your teeth, again because they're highly acidic.

Tip: Have some water immediately after having pickles to minimise the acidic action on teeth.

Ice


For all the people who love chewing ice it's a definite no-no for your teeth as they can damage the outer layer (enamel) to a great extent, damaged enamel can lead to tooth hypersensitivity which can be a menace.

Crackers


Most crackers stick to your teeth and cause bacteria to flourish.

Tip: Rinse your mouth as soon as you eat to prevent decay.

Pigmented foods


Foods like berries, beet, soy sauce and tea can easily stain your teeth if you don't rinse after so make sure to rinse immediately to avoid those stains!

Now that you know which foods can damage your teeth and which ones are good for your teeth, it's time to reverse the dental damage.


Stay Happy and Floss Daily! ;)

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