The Food You Eat Could Be Harming Your Teeth

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The Food You Eat Could Be Harming Your Teeth
July 18
12:12 2016

How To Eat To Keep Your Smile Radiant

You are confident that you are taking good care of your teeth, brushing them at least twice a day, in addition to using floss and mouthwash. But somehow your visits to the dentist aren’t going so smoothly. What could it be? That can of pop you have in the fridge may be one of the causes.

“Foods that are high in acids or sugars—like sodas, energy drinks and fruit juices with added sugar—may contribute to acid erosion,” said Dr. Rick Caldwell, president of the Ontario Dental Association. “Prolonged exposure to these acids can take away the minerals and soften the surface of your teeth, leaving them susceptible to damage and increased sensitivity.”

According to Dr. Caldwell, those with a sweet tooth should avoid hard candies and toffee, as they tend to stick to the teeth for a long time. This is also the case with crackers and biscuits, which are high in starch and may contribute to acid erosion. Just like our bodies, our teeth and gums need many essential vitamins and minerals to stay strong and healthy.

Phosphorous, magnesium, and vitamins A, C and D are found not only in supplements, but can be obtained from eating cheese, milk, green vegetables and fish. By including these foods in your diet, you are minimizing the risk of cavities and gum disease.

Dr. Caldwell also recommended drinking water after every meal and throughout the day to wash away food particles from your teeth. You can also stimulate saliva flow by chewing sugarless gum, which will have the same effect.

“By reducing leftover food debris, there is less material to be broken down to acidic products, so it makes for a healthier oral environment.”

We may feel we know everything about proper oral care, but many still disregard simple rules. By minimizing the consumption of certain food products and adding tooth-friendly food to your diet, you will decrease the number of visits to the dentist and have a smile that lasts.

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