Aug 28 2013

EAT THIS, NOT THAT!


Check out these easy swaps that will keep your smile strong:

DRINK WATER, NOT SODA.

This might sound obvious, but the benefits water has on your teeth help make it even more important to not drink sugary sodas that can break down your teeth. If it has fluoride in it, the water will also help strengthen your tooth enamel.

STEER CLEAR OF ACIDIC FOODS.

Consuming too many acidic foods and drinks like citrus juices, wine, pickles and honey can cause tooth enamel to wear away and teeth to become sensitive. Instead, try to snack on crisp fruits and raw veggies, like apples, celery and carrots. They will help clean the plaque from your teeth, and they’re great for your overall health, too. It’s a win-win!

WANT TO CHEAT ON YOUR DIET? GO WITH DAIRY, NOT SUGAR.

If you want to have a little snack, try cheese! It gives you a burst of calcium that mixes with plaque and sticks to your teeth, protecting them from acid that causes decay. Recent studies have shown many positive affects of cheese on teeth. So ditch the sugary candy snacks and eat some cheese instead!

IT’S NOT JUST WHAT YOU EAT THAT MATTERS—IT’S WHEN.

Frequent snacking it’s actually worse for your teeth. When you have a big meal, more saliva is created to help flush out the acid that may harm your teeth. Try to save acidic, carbohydrate-rich or sugary foods only during mealtimes, to minimize the amount of time your teeth are exposed to acid.

CHEWING (SUGARLESS!) GUM ACTUALLY IS GOOD FOR YOUR TEETH.

Swap out your sugary gum for a sugarfree stick of gum and you’re actually really helping your oral health. Chewing can help dislodge food that is stuck to your teeth, as well as increase the flow of saliva, which can help neutralize mouth acids that wear down tooth enamel. Be careful if you have issues with your jaw or jaw pain, however, as constant chewing can make that pain worse.

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