Your mouth is the gateway to your body. As your dentist, it is our job to keep that gateway clean to ensure that you not only have a healthy smile, but also a healthy body. We have compiled a list of foods and beverages that you may consume daily that can help or hurt your smile.
Some of the usual culprits that affect the look and health of your smile include coffee, tea, soda, and red wine. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), coffees and teas can dry out your mouth and stain your teeth if consumed frequently. Soda and most carbonated drinks are very acidic, making them bad for your teeth since the acidity attacks and breaks down the enamel on your teeth. Red wine and alcohol reduce the saliva flow overtime which can lead to a multitude of dental problems. The most common problem from reduced saliva in the mouth is oral infections and gum disease. Red wine is known to stain your teeth if frequently consumed.
Here are some daily tips on lessening damage to your teeth. Use a straw to decrease the exposure of your teeth to any of these beverages. If you do drink coffee, tea or soda, drink plenty of water to help your mouth re-hydrate. Keep your coffee additives such as sugar and cream to a minimum.
Some foods are good for our body, but not for our teeth. If you know that a certain food or drink will stain your clothing, then it is most likely that it will also stain your teeth. Blueberries, pomegranates, and blackberries are full of healthy antioxidants but are a major contributor to staining your smile. White wine may not stain your teeth like red wine, but it does have properties to make the current stains on your teeth harder to get out.
Just because these foods stain your smile does not mean that you have to completely cut them out of your diet. When you do consume any of these listed items, it is important to brush and floss to keep any residue from sticking around your mouth longer than necessary. If you are suffering from the effects of these consumables, then whitening or other treatment may be necessary. Call (714) 422-0596 for an exam with one of our of dentists to see the plan that is best for you.
Cheese, yogurt, and almonds are full of calcium and protein, making them all beneficial for the health and strength the enamel of your teeth. When you consume cheese, your mouth increases saliva production and raises your oral pH level. Both of these factors contribute to a lower risk of tooth decay. The natural bacteria found in plain yogurt is great for your gums since it will replace the cavity causing bad bacteria that currently inhabit your gums.
An apple a day just might keep your dentist at bay since this sweet treat is great at keeping your pearly whites clean. The apple texture stimulates your gums and prompts your mouth to produce more saliva. The extra saliva helps rinse away trapped food particles and bacteria from your smile. Apples are nature’s toothbrush, but do not replace brushing your teeth completely.
Make your mouth and body happy by having good oral hygiene. It is important to see your dentist every 6 months and to regularly brush and floss your teeth. Get your oral health back on track by calling Costa Mesa’s best dentists at OC Healthy Smiles at (714) 422-0596.