By drscotto@drscotto.com
January 20, 2014
Category: General Dentistry
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Schenectady general dentistEvery day, you make hundreds of decisions – some so minute that you may not realize the effects of their outcomes. What you choose to eat is a serious matter. But we live such busy lives that we often forgo thoughtful foods for whatever’s the most convenient. Your diet not only affects your overall health, but plays directly into the state of your teeth. Interested in perking up your smile? Read on for some drinks, snacks, and other foods that will help you build beautiful, decay-free teeth.

Evaluate Your Diet to Identify:

Causes of Stained Teeth

Enamel is porous, and the foods and liquids you put into your mouth will have an effect on the brightness of your teeth. Staining compounds enter enamel and darken its shade. Cutting down on consumption of the following, or finding ways to reduce their effects (like rinsing after drinking or using a straw) will help keep your teeth bright:

 

  • Coffee
  • Red wine
  • Cola
  • Dark fruit juices

Many of these beverages are also acidic, lowering your mouth’s pH and making it easier for decay to form.

Causes of Tooth Decay

Acidic beverages aren’t the only cause of dental problems. Foods high in sugars or starches catalyze bacterial growth in the mouth, leading to the formation of plaque. Beware super sweet, carb-filled treats like

  • Candy (especially sticky candy, which becomes easily lodged between teeth)
  • Sweet baked goods
  • Other treats like potato chips or soft bread

While it is important to brush your teeth after indulging, if the snack was acidic, you should wait at least 30 minutes. Because your mouth’s pH is lower, your enamel is softer and could be damaged by brushing.

Healthy Alternatives

The foods you want to embrace are ones that help to naturally clean and strengthen your teeth. This includes nutrient-filled eating options, particularly those containing phosphorous and calcium. Pick up a few of the following the next time you’re grocery shopping:

  • Nuts
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Vegetables like celery, carrots, and broccoli

Embrace a few of these tips to see a healthier, happier smile!

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Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
615 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
518-374-9770

  

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