The next time you pay a visit to the dentist’s office and your favorite dentist tells you that you failed your checkup because you ate too many sweets, it might be a good idea to ask for a list of things that would be a little more tooth-friendly on your pearly whites. Society may not always respond well to healthier snacks, however, anyone who is serious about keeping their original teeth with them for a while should be focusing on the right kind of diet.
Brushing your teeth regularly along with proper flossing will usually provide great results when it comes to keeping them clean on the surface, but after causing damage by not having your daily allowance of calcium and vitamin C, you may be wasting your time. You can build strong bones and teeth, in addition to fighting off infections when you drink lots of milk, orange juice, cheese, yogurt, and salmon.
The next time you are seated in your dentist’s chair, remember the fact that he is constantly asking you to rinse and that is something you can do on a regular basis, through drinking lots of water, you can help remove those particles of food that remain in your mouth. As you repeat this process throughout the day, you will be slowing the advancement of unwanted bacteria that may be trying to call your mouth their new home.
For those of us who enjoy fruit and vegetables, consider increasing the vegetables that are firm and require some chewing as these are not only good for you, but they also work as a cleaner to help dislodge hard-to-remove food particles. If you drink a lot of tea, you may be thinking about cutting back the amount that you drink on a daily basis, however, certain kinds of tea (especially black tea) have been known to reduce the risks of cavities and certain kinds of gum disease.
But what about the foods that you should be avoiding, the list in that direction probably gets a lot longer. We already know about the sugary foods that cause other complications to your health, but your dentist would prefer that you avoid sticky and gummy foods, simply because they tend to stay in your mouth longer than they should, especially between your teeth where it is always hard to keep clean.
Many of the foods you enjoy like pickles, lemons, tomatoes, and even red wine are probably on the list of food and drink you should avoid because of their acidic value. Then there is the junk food aspect that not only affects our teeth but also our immune system, which in turn will hurt our ability to fight those dreaded gum diseases. Naturally, we are going to eat foods from both sides of the aisle, but the best protection is still proper brushing and flossing.