Are You Eating the Right Foods for Healthy Teeth?

What you put in your mouth makes a huge difference to the health of your teeth and gums. Even so called healthy foods can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

According to your dentist in Mountain View, watching your diet is just as important for your teeth and gums as it is for your waistline.

Dr. Trinh Lee, an Accredited Fellow with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and Dr. Suzanna Lee, an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has some advice when it comes to your teeth and gums and your diet.

Sticky Foods

While dried apricots, figs, mangos and other sticky fruits may be better for your diet than a bag of chips, they cause serious problems for your teeth. Because sticky foods, such as chewy candies and dried fruit, stick to the fissures and grooves at the back of your teeth they will stay there until you get rid of them.

Citrus Fruits

Most people enjoy citrus fruits, but tend to overindulge, especially if they are dieting. Oranges, lemons, Kiwi fruit, limes, and tomatoes are acidic, and will wear away the enamel on your teeth. If you must indulge in citrus, enjoy with part of a meal or rinse after enjoying on its own.

Starchy Foods

Most people avoid starchy foods if they are on a diet, but it should be noted that any type of starchy food will stick to your teeth. Just like sticky foods, starchy foods tend to stay in between your teeth and on the fissures and groves at the back of your teeth.

Energy and Sports Drinks

Instead of grabbing that Red Bull, drink water instead. Energy and sports drinks have as much carbonation as a can of soda. Add sugar to the mix and your teeth and gums are at risk. If you do insist on drinking sports and energy drinks, drink and rinse with water after consuming.

If you would like more information regarding healthy foods for teeth and gums, schedule a dental appointment with your Mountain View dentist today.

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