The good and the bad foods for your smile
There are so many foods to choose from, it’s difficult to know what is good for your body and what might be doing more harm than good. When you consider your diet, don’t forget to include the needs of your teeth and your smile. Your Pocono cosmetic dentists at Dr. Jeffrey R. Wert and Associates, serving Pocono and Tannersville, Pennsylvania, want you to know what foods can enhance, or detract from your smile.
The dentists at Dr. Jeffrey R. Wert and Associates, serving Pocono and Tannersville, want you to know which foods are good for your smile. These foods can help keep your smile healthy, according to the American Dental Association:
- Yogurt is good for your teeth and your bones because it is high in protein and calcium, both of which make your tooth enamel and bones stronger. The millions of good bacteria in yogurt also keep your oral bacteria healthy. When you buy yogurt, always check how much sugar it contains, and buy the yogurt with the lowest sugar content.
- Cheese is also good for your smile because it raises the pH in your mouth, which can lower your risk of tooth decay. It also increases how much saliva you produce, and saliva can help protect your teeth from stomach acid. Like yogurt, cheese is another food high in protein and calcium to strengthen your teeth and bones.
- Leafy, green vegetables, and almonds also are an excellent source of calcium, which helps to strengthen tooth enamel.
When you chew celery and apples, the friction from chewing cleans your teeth of food particles and increases circulation to your gums and soft tissue. When you eat carrots, they increase your flow of saliva and rinse your mouth of food particles.
Now that you know the good foods, it’s time to talk about the bad foods. Your Pocono cosmetic dentists at Dr. Jeffrey R. Wert and Associates want you to know which foods can lead to tooth decay and erosion of dental enamel. Generally, you should avoid sugar, especially in liquid form, and also limit highly acidic foods like these:
- Citrus fruits and juices
- Chewy or hard candy
- Soda and sports drinks
What you eat does affect your whole body, including your teeth. If you eat healthy foods, you and your smile will benefit. Your Pocono cosmetic dentists at Dr. Jeffrey R. Wert and Associates want to help you establish a healthy diet and healthy habits, to ensure you have a beautiful smile for life. To find out more about how diet affects you and your smile, visit your Pocono cosmetic dentists at Dr. Jeffrey R. Wert and Associates in Pocono and Tannersville, Pennsylvania. Call today!