When it comes to maintaining your oral health, what you eat matters. Certain foods can help strengthen the teeth, while others can increase the risk of tooth decay.
Foods to Enjoy
Adding foods that help keep the oral environment in balance is the first step to achieving a great smile. Some great foods to add to your diet include:
- Dairy foods. Calcium strengthens the bones and dairy foods such as cheese and yoghurt supply a daily dose of this necessary mineral. But these foods also have added value. Cheese helps to maintain a healthy pH level in the mouth, which can help prevent tooth decay. And the friendly probiotics found in yogurt can help combat harmful bacteria lurking in the crevices.
- Nutrient-rich leafy greens. Many of us associate dairy foods with calcium, but did you know that greens such as kale and spinach also contain calcium? They also provide an excellent source of folic acid and vitamin B, two vital vitamins the body needs for optimal health.
- Fiber-packed fruits and vegetables. Carrots, apples, and celery are all high in fiber and water content. Chewing these fibrous foods stimulates the gums and encourages saliva production. Increased saliva production can help clear the mouth of bacteria.
- High in calcium, but low in sugar, almonds are a great source of protein. Add them to a green salad for delicious, power meal.
Foods to Avoid or Consume in Moderation
Some foods can weaken teeth, erode the enamel, and cause unsightly stains. To maintain the proper pH levels in the mouth, it is best to avoid foods that make the saliva more acidic.
- Sweet foods and carbonated drinks. Sugary foods and soda can contribute to tooth decay and enamel erosion.
- Red wine. Both acidic and deep in color, red wine can discolor the teeth. But white wine is not necessarily a better substitute–generally more acidic, white wine is typically more erosive.
- Coffee and black tea. Regular consumption of coffee and tea can stain the teeth over time. Try replacing the daily cup of Joe with green tea. Not only does green not stain, it has an added benefit: it helps control bacteria and pH levels.
If you are in the Los Angeles area, contact Dr. Neda Naim to schedule your check up today.