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THE GOOD – THE BAD (and the ugly…sorry, we just had to say it!)

THE GOOD:

Did you know that certain foods are actually GOOD for your teeth and gums? Which makes simply eating lunch a part of your daily dental routine.

Milk. The sugar in milk is lactose, which is the least damaging to teeth and the calcium found in milk helps kids develop strong baby and adult teeth.

Green tea. Certain teas may promote dental health because they contain polyphenols, which have the potential to clean plaque from the teeth.

Cheese. Cheese makes the mouth nonacidic and increases calcium levels around teeth which is very protective. Look for cheeses with a bacterial element, such as blue cheese, Brie, or Camembert, to take advantage of cheese’s probiotic benefits.

Crunchy fruits and vegetables. Good saliva flow is important in creating an alkaline environment in the mouth, thereby protecting teeth from exposure to acid.

Yogurt. Decreases the bad bacteria and repopulates the mouth with healthy, protective bacteria. To help encourage a healthy mouth environment, consider organic whole-milk yogurt with probiotics and proteins.

Shiitake mushrooms. Researchers have found that these mushrooms have the potential to encourage good dental health by remineralizing teeth and discouraging acid that can be harmful.

THE BAD:

Though it’s great to eat foods that can assist in preventing cavities, it’s also important to avoid some others.

Lemons and citrus fruits. These can pull minerals out of teeth.

Cereals: Cereals can cause damage with bits of flakes sticking to the teeth for hours and sugars feeding bacteria and producing acids that erode teeth. Make sure to brush and floss after eating cereals.

Diet sodas. The acidity levels in soda are close to battery acid and have the ability to erode enamel, more easily broken, and porous so teeth stain easily and darken in color.

At the end of the day, foods can make a difference — in good ways and bad. Choose wisely!

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CHS Team