If you’ve ever been to a nutritionist, you’ll have been educated about which types of foods are most healthy for your body, but have you ever been told which foods are best for your teeth?
It’s a no-brainer that empty calories and snacking foods such as sodas, chips, and candy are universally bad for us and should be limited, if not fully eradicated, from our diets. All of these foods contain copious amounts of sugar, and sugar is public enemy No. 1 of your mouth. Bacteria loves sugar and a mouthful of sugar is a breeding ground for decay and gum disease.
Starchy foods are nearly as bad because they will end up converted into sugar in the body anyway. Foods made from starchy vegetables, grains or their flours, such as french fries, baked potatoes, breads, pasta, rice, cookies and cakes, are all high in starches.
The foods that are good for your teeth and rebuild enamel are those high in calcium, protein, and phosphorus. That means anything that comes from an animal: Milk, cheese, eggs, yogurt, meat, poultry, and fish. You also can’t go wrong with eating whole fruits and vegetables as long as they are not processed or in concentrated form, such as fruit juices. Without their natural fiber content and water to balance out the sugar, there is just too much of it.
Water is the best thing you can put in your mouth. It has zero calories and sugar, and you can even get it with fluoride!
If you’d like more information about oral health, call Dr. Bullock and our team at Dr. Rex Bullock. Make an appointment at: 951-737-1149, or come by our office in Corona, California.