Foods & Drinks That Are Best (And Worst) For Your Teeth

Oral hygiene is one of the most important aspects of our health. Cavities, tooth decay, and gum inflammation are just a few things that can affect you if you are not properly cleaning your teeth. But when it comes to your oral health, you really are what you eat. Food and drinks have a huge impact on your overall health of teeth. If you eat a lot of sugary foods and drinks, then your teeth will decay faster, your gums will be more sensitive and from that, you could develop a lot more serious conditions.

That is why it is very important to not only clean and floss your teeth after every meal but also eat healthy snacks that will make your teeth stronger and more resilient. Luckily, there are a plenty of healthy foods and drinks you can enjoy and we have decided to put them together in this article so that you can maintain those pearly white teeth for years to come.

Avoid sugar-rich foods and drinks

First of all, you need to avoid candies and sodas. If you go to any dentist in Sydney, they will tell you that soda drinks are killers of teeth and health overall. Their combination of sugar, acids and carbonation will cause tooth decay and erosion faster than any other food. The same goes for candies; sugar in them will cause cavities and it can get stuck between teeth becoming a perfect place for bacteria. And the worst of them are hard candies like lollipops or mints. They stay in your mouth for long periods of time exposing teeth to sugar and acids. If you absolutely need to eat some candy, then pick one that you can chew and swallow quickly.

Foods & Drinks That Are Best for Your Teeth

Dairy products are a perfect source of vitamins for teeth

When it comes to healthy foods for your teeth, there is nothing better than cheese, milk, eggs and yogurt. Milk and eggs are rich sources of vitamin D and calcium. If you don’t already know, calcium is what makes our bones and teeth strong and is absolutely essential if you want strong and healthy teeth. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium and that is why milk and eggs are such a good combination.

Foods & Drinks That Are Best for Your Teeth

Cheese and yogurt are also excellent sources of calcium, but they also have phosphorous in them, which can repair tooth enamel and even replace minerals in teeth. It is best to go for low-fat cheese and non-fat yogurt so you don’t do damage to the rest of your health. One more thing that makes cheese a perfect food for your teeth is casein. It is a type of protein that helps enamel recover. But if you are not a fan of dairy products, there are other healthy solutions.

Leafy and crunchy veggies are equally good

If you are looking for a vegetarian-friendly alternative, then vegetables like kale, broccoli, collards, okra, etc. are an equally good source of vitamins and minerals we previously talked about. Vegetables are always good for you and there is no downside of them.

Foods & Drinks That Are Best for Your Teeth

Also, crunchy vegetables like carrots and celery help your teeth stay sharp. Firm foods that contain a lot of water are ideal for oral health. Not only are they rich in vitamins but will also stimulate the flow of saliva and can even scrub tooth surfaces. Saliva is very important for the health of teeth because it will dissolve acids and clean bits of foods stuck between teeth.

As you can see, there is a lot of teeth-friendly food you can pick from. From carrots and broccoli to milk and cheese, all these foods will help your teeth stay strong and healthy, just remember to avoid hard candies and sodas. So if you are not already eating any of the stuff above, now is the time to start implementing them in your diet and you will have much healthier and brighter teeth.

Author: Peter Minkoff

Peter is an editor at HighStyleLife magazine in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for few fashion events in around AUS and UK. Beside fashion, he loves reading, making DIY cosmetics, redesign furniture and to travel around tropical destinations. He plans to create a fashion business for style advising.