Your Diet And Your Teeth—The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

There is a strong connection between your diet and your dental health. Keep reading to learn more about the effect certain foods and beverages have on your teeth.

The Good
There are plenty of foods and beverages that help keep your teeth healthy. Foods that contain calcium are an important part of your diet because calcium is a building block of your teeth. You can find calcium in dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt, but you can also get plenty of calcium from leafy greens like kale and spinach. It is important to make sure that you are also getting enough vitamin D because it helps your body use the calcium. Many dairy products and other foods are fortified with vitamin D. You also get vitamin D when you spend time in the sun—just be sure to wear sunscreen.

Vitamin C is also an important nutrient that keeps your teeth and gums healthy. You can get it from bell peppers, broccoli, oranges, and many other fruits and vegetables.

Drinking water is also good for your teeth because it helps rinse out your mouth and it helps you avoid other beverages that are less healthy.

The Bad
Sugary foods and beverages are some of the worst things you can consume if you want to take care of your teeth. Avoid soda, energy drinks, hard candy, and other things that can coat your teeth in a sugary substance.

It is also important to avoid things that easily stick in your teeth like caramel, dried fruit, and popcorn. If you do eat these things, rinse out your mouth and floss immediately.

The Ugly
Coffee, tea, and red wine can all stain your enamel and leave your teeth looking discolored. These beverages are also acidic, which can be harmful to your teeth and gums. If you choose to drink these beverages, sip through a straw to avoid contact with your teeth or rinse your mouth out with water quickly after drinking.

To learn more about protecting your teeth, schedule an appointment at Centennial Dental Center.