The foods and beverages you consume all have an effect on your teeth and can either promote your oral health or jeopardize it. Your cosmetic dentist can give you some excellent suggestions regarding healthy food choices for your teeth and warn of those that can harm your oral health. Keep reading for a quick overview of foods that are good for your teeth and others that are bad.
Harmful Foods for Teeth
Any foods or beverages that are sticky, sugary, acidic, or starchy can promote tooth decay. Some common offenders include:
- Soda, sweetened fruit drinks, and fruit juice.
- Citrus fruits.
- Candy bars, caramels, and hard candies.
- White breads and crackers.
Some of these foods and beverages cause tooth discoloration, which can necessitate whitening treatments. Additionally, these items encourage plaque buildup, enamel erosion, and decay. These problems can lead to the need for veneers, dental crowns, and, in severe cases, dental implants after tooth loss. Indulge in these foods and beverages in moderation and be sure to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth after consumption.
Beneficial Foods for Teeth
While there are certainly some foods and beverages that you should avoid, there are others that can actually encourage oral health. Some of these include:
- Crunchy fruits and vegetables.
- Low-fat dairy products with plenty of calcium.
- Wholegrain foods.
Citrus fruits, while on the harmful list, do offer valuable vitamin C. Kiwis are an excellent non-citrus source of vitamin C. Calcium and the minerals found in wholegrain foods can help you maintain strong teeth, while water is essential for balanced saliva.
If you are looking for a New York City dentist who offers comprehensive dental treatment and advice, contact the office of Dr. Peter Rubinstein. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry services to keep your smile beautiful and healthy. Call us today at (888) 375-3531 to schedule your next dental appointment.Water