Foods That Affect Your Teeth

September 2016

DNA is a part of your oral health but so is your diet! Did you know, that certain foods can actually cause more damage to your teeth than others? It is important to make sure that you have a healthy diet. If your diet is lacking key nutrients it can make it harder for a person to fight off an infection. This includes infections in the mouth. Many researchers believe that periodontal disease (the disease that can lead to tooth loss) ends up developing at a faster rate for people with poor nutritional diets.

Bad Foods:

Hard Candies- This one is a no brainer. We all know that the high sugar content is harmful to your teeth, it is recommended to use a sugarless version.

Ice- Really? Yes! Chewing ice can damage the enamel that is on your teeth which could ultimately lead to a dental emergency.

Citrus- “Too much of something is a bad thing”, definitely applies here. When someone is frequently exposed to acidic foods it makes the teeth more likely to get decay over time.

Coffee- It stains your teeth with frequent cups. But not all coffee is bad. All natural coffee and tea is good for you in moderation. But because most people add sugar to the morning favorite, it can often lead to dental issues. Caffeinated coffee can also give someone a drier mouth, which leads to lack of saliva and faster decay.

Chips- Salty and Delicious! But full of starch, and that starch can get trapped in a person’s teeth. Make sure if you decide to eat some of this yummy snack you floss that day.

Sugar Drinks- This includes Soda, Juice and many times even Milk. It’s okay to consume these in moderation. But over long periods plaque bacteria use the sugar in these drinks to attack the enamel of a person’s teeth. It is also important to make sure you are drinking water when you consume caffeinated beverages!

Booze- Frequent consumption of Alcohol reduces the flow of saliva in the mouth which can lead to tooth decay and other oral health issues. Believe it or not it also increases your risk for oral cancer.

Recommended Foods:

Apples, Celery, Carrots- This food is full of nutrients and vitamins. It also helps to remove plaque from a person teeth.

Spinach/ Leafy Greens- This food is full of anti-oxidants and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene helps keep the enamel of the teeth strong, just like your favorite character, Popeye!

Fish- Full of the Omega-3 fatty acids they are great for heart health. But did you know that fish contain vitamin D. Vitamin D is needed in keeping Teeth and jaw bones strong.

Taking the appropriate steps to eat right can help prevent someone from needing an oral surgeon later in life for more complicated issues. Poor nutrition can lead to tooth loss, and may require  a dental implant to correct the issue. Talk to your doctor about how you can make sure you are eating appropriately.

Sources: www.mouthhealthy.org, www.colgate.com