Foods That Are Good For Your Teeth

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY:  If you're watching your waistline and trying to take good care of your teeth, you'll be happy to know that healthy foods are often the best for your teeth, too.

Posted: July 17, 2015

If you're watching your waistline and trying to take good care of your teeth, you'll be happy to know that healthy foods are often the best for your smile, too. The sugars and starches found in unhealthy snack foods, such as potato chips, crackers or candy, can lead to plaque and tooth decay. Sugars and starches interact with the bacteria in your mouth, producing acids that can eat away at the enamel of your teeth and eventually cause cavities.

What snacks are best for teeth?
In general fruits and vegetables make the best snacks. They have plenty of nutrients, are devoid of added sugars and starches, and taste great. If you aren't crazy about eating fruits and vegetables, consider unsalted nuts. Nuts have a number of vitamins and minerals that can actually help your teeth, such as vitamin D and calcium. Dairy products and yogurt are also wonderful choices because of their vitamins and probiotics. Probiotics can reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth, which in turn can help with oral health, according to a study by the Institute of Dentistry. 

Some healthy snacks aren't so good for your teeth
Snack foods like granola bars, as well as certain kinds of pretzels and crackers, are often advertised as a healthy snack, but in reality aren't. Most have fairly high amounts of starch. Dried fruits are another type of food that might seem healthy but can actually hurt your teeth. Most dried fruits have a lot of added sugar. In addition to the sugar, dried fruits can stick to your teeth and provide a breeding ground for bacteria. While fresh fruit makes for a healthy snack full of vitamins, some citrus fruits contain acids that can damage tooth enamel. In most cases, not enough of the fruit is eaten to cause serious damage, but large amounts over long periods of time may have an adverse affect on your teeth. 

Eating snacks that aren't good for your teeth
It is inevitable that you'll eat snack foods that aren't good for your teeth. When you do, you don't have to feel guilty about it. All you need to remember is that it's important to clean your teeth when you can. Drinking plenty of water is helpful for washing away anything left behind from a meal of sugary or starchy foods. Fluoridated water also helps strengthen your teeth. Although you don't have to brush your teeth after every snack, brushing two to three times a day should be enough to avoid tooth decay and bad breath

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