Dentists Rank the Best and Worst Food for Strong Teeth
Strong, healthy teeth start at your dinner table. The foods you and your family eat every day play a significant role in proper dental care. The best foods for strong teeth and gumsstrengthen tooth enamel, prevent tooth decay, clean your teeth and can even whiten and brighten your teeth. The worst food choices can cause tooth decay, weaken gums, and stain or even chip your teeth.
We’ve put together a simple guideline of healthy foods for strong teeth, and unhealthy foods for teeth. We also have some tips on swapping a bad food for a better alternative to maximize the health of your family’s teeth and gums.
Excess sugar wears down enamel, causing tooth decay and cavities
Cause damage to enamel; can cause a tooth to chip
Replace Bad Foods with Good Alternatives
Now that you know which foods are for strong teeth, let’s take a look at some of the bad foods that appear in many of our meals and snacks. Jess, our in-office nutritionist, recommends these “tooth-friendly” easy swaps from bad to good:
Carbonated beverages and seltzer waters
Chips and crackers (such as Goldfish)
Cheese, fruits, and veggies
Chewy, sticky candy
What Happens to Your Teeth if You Eat Too Many Unhealthy Foods?
A diet high in candy, sticky foods, crunchy foods, and sugary drinks can cause cavities, tooth loss, and gum disease. A diet high in these bad foods can also affect an all-American smile with discoloration, chips, or all-out tooth loss. It’s not too late to make some small dietary changes that will help strengthen, protect, and naturally brighten your teeth. We know it’s hard to break or slow down sweet tooth habits, but if you do, you’ll take a major step in preventing tooth decay and cavities. The American Dental Association has come up with a list of tips to make this easier. Include as many of the “best foods” in your daily meal planning. Create a plan to slowly minimize the unhealthy foods that do not promote strong teeth.
Our family practice is all about your family’s dental health. We’ve put together a short e-book about preventing tooth decay and making teeth stronger. It’s free! It’s simple. Just sign up and download here.
September 2, 2022
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