Today’s post explains how specific foods and eating practices can influence our teeth.
The Sugar Problem
Sugars get converted by bacteria in the mouth to acids. It is the acids that begin to attack enamel and initiate decay for individuals of all ages. Fruits have high water content which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t forbidden. It’s the chocolate bars, hard candies, cookies, cakes, and pies that are.
Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to decrease the acidic effects. It is a good idea to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts, and milk. The calcium and phosphorus will promote tooth remineralization.
Timing of Meals
The more frequently you eat the more often your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be tempered by picking healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods but to skip oral hygiene altogether.
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