You know it’s important to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet, full of foods from all the food groups. You know that it’s important to cut back on sugar and processed foods, unhealthy fats, and to buy organic whenever possible. But did you know that there are some foods which might currently be in your diet, which are damaging your oral health? They sound innocent (and healthy) enough, but your dentist would probably recommend you to watch how you’re eating these foods, to keep your smile as healthy as possible.
It’s true that almonds are one of the healthiest foods you can include in your diet. They’re packed with healthy fats that are great for your skin, hair and nails, they provide protein to keep you full, and they’re high in Vitamin E. But watch out when you eat whole almonds, because the wedge they create when you bite down on their hard surface can actually fracture teeth at times. Instead, chop them up or stock up on almond butter.
With all that Vitamin C, you definitely want to include some citrus fruits in your diet, as they boost immunity and can prevent you from getting sick. But when citrus is constantly touching your teeth, the acidity can actually soften or even wear away your enamel. Eating multiple oranges a day can cause this damage. So after you eat citrus, drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes before brushing.
Dried fruit is delicious and convenient, a great snack for people on-the-go or anyone who wants a quick boost of energy. But it’s super packed with sugar, and when you eat dried fruit, the chewy texture makes it get stuck in your teeth. If you let this sit in your teeth, it’s a feeding ground for decay. So eat dried fruit at home, when you can brush, floss and rinse your mouth out afterward.
You might love your morning java, but be aware of the detrimental effects that coffee can have on your teeth if you aren’t careful. If you drink coffee regularly, it can stain your teeth, which attracts plaque. To counter the problem, try drinking your coffee through a straw. You can also cut the acidity with some milk (but skip the sugar.)
Like dried fruit, peanut butter has a tendency to get stuck in between your teeth and stay there for a while, attracting plaque and potentially causing decay. So how can this be remedied? Simply switch to a brand of peanut butter which doesn’t add any sugar. The natural brands are your best pick, because they are made from just peanuts and oil.
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