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Healthy and unhealthy foods for your teeth

Healthy and unhealthy foods for your teeth is my yearly update on what food groups are bad for your oral health. Believe it or not foods don’t always play nice with our teeth.  Here is a list of “Healthy” and “unhealthy” foods for our teeth.

Unhealthy foods for your teeth

Citrus Fruits – Citrus fruits are high in acid which can erode enamel overtime.

Pickles – Again, there is acid in pickles that can increase acid erosion.

Crackers – The refined carbohydrates found in Saltines and many other types of crackers convert to sugar in the mouth quickly providing cavity forming bacteria.

Dried fruits – Sticky dried fruits tend to stay on the teeth longer than other types of food which can lead to tooth decay.

Chips – Chips are filled with starch which tends to get trapped in your teeth and again like crackers, can form cavities.

Healthy foods for your teeth

Cheese – Cheese may neutralize plaque and acid

Raisins – Naturally sweet raisins area good source of phytochemicals.  These phytochemicals may kill cavity causing bacteria.

Milk – Milk contains calcium. Calcium prevents periodontal disease and will keep your jaw bone strong.

Salmon – Salmon is a good source of Vitamin D which makes it easier for your teeth to get the full power of the calcium from the foods you are already eating.

Carrots – Crunchy carrots help keep gums clean due to the increased chewing it takes to breakdown serving as a cleaning mechanism.

In Conclusion

Healthy and unhealthy foods for your teeth – In conclusion, we recommend eating a balanced diet incorporating some foods above. Since our teeth are a reflection of our entire body, it helps to keep knowledgeable about the things we should and should not be eating. For more information check out the American Dental Association on healthy foods.

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