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The Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth

The Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth

If you are what you eat, that's even more true for your teeth and gums. When you drink and eat starchy or sugary foods, you're not only feeding yourself. You're also feeding the germs (bacteria) that can cause tooth decay and gum disease in your mouth. Plaque is a thin, invisible, sticky film of bacteria and other materials. It covers all the surfaces of all your teeth. When sugars or starches in your mouth come in contact with plaque, acids form. These acids can attack your teeth for 20 minutes or longer after you finish eating. Repeated attacks can break down the hard enamel on the surface of teeth. This leads to tooth decay. The bacteria in plaque also triggers an inflammatory response. This causes the breakdown of the gums, bone, and other supporting structures of your teeth.

 

Some foods invite tooth decay. Other foods help fight plaque buildup. Here are some foods to seek out and some to stay away from.

Some of the foods we consume are beneficial and some are harmful. Although harmful foods harm our body, they can also cause serious problems in the mouth, where digestion begins. The teeth in the mouth are one of the building blocks of digestion. That's why we've gathered the foods that harm our teeth below.

Foods Bad for Teeth

•            Starchy foods: starch and various products contain complex carbohydrates. The piece of bread stuck in the mouth paves the way for the formation of millions of bacteria. Therefore, tooth decay and tartar formation occur.

•            Sugar: Foods containing sugar cause bacterial growth. Sugary foods that are more likely to stick to the teeth increase this risk even more. Therefore, sweet foods should be eaten in main meals, not in between meals. Afterward, the teeth should be brushed.

•            Acid-carbonated drinks and foods: These foods contain citric and phosphoric acids that erode the enamel of the teeth. In addition, most of them contain sugar. Coke, lemonade, and energy drinks can be given as examples to this group.

•            Alcohol and caffeinated beverages such as tea and coffee: Such products cause dry mouth. In this way, plaque is formed quickly. Again, the mouth should be rinsed with water and then the teeth should be brushed.

Foods Good for Teeth

•            Water: you should consume as much water as possible during the day. If you find it difficult to do this, rinse your mouth. Water washes the mouth and cleans the food residues. It washes the gums by breaking the acidic feature of acidic foods.

•            Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, and other dairy products. Cheese is another saliva maker. The calcium and phosphates in milk, cheese, and other dairy products, help put back minerals your teeth might have lost due to other foods. They also help rebuild tooth enamel.

•            Fish: It is very important to consume fish once a week. Since it contains phosphorus, it is very useful for bone and tooth tissue.

•            Green Tea: It kills some bacteria with the catechin substance it contains. In this way, it reduces the formation of caries and bad breath. In addition, it also eliminates the risk of oral cancer.

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