The Huffington Post wrote a great article on what to eat to gain healthier teeth. The reason for the plaque buildup in your mouth is due to the starchy or sugary food that you eat or drink. The sugars or starch mixes with the plaque which creates acid in your teeth, breaking down the hard enamel on the surface resulting in tooth decay.
A solid rule is to avoid any kinds of food that has sugar, acid and stickiness such as the popular candies: Starburst and Skittles. The article also shows some top foods proven to protect your pearly whites in research or clinical practices.
1. Cheese—Cheese is a great choice, because it is low in sugar and acid and high in calcium. Another ingredient it has is casein which is a protein that is found in milk and it helps fortify the tooth’s surface helping to resist cavities.
2. Sugar-free gum—this favorite food to chew on usually contains Xylitol. It is the sugar replacement in gum and it helps prevent “harmful bacteria in plaque from metabolizing sugar that generates, thus generating harmful acids that degrade tooth enamel.”
3. Raw Veggies (especially celery)—Fresh vegetables are good for your teeth, because they require you to chew, creating lots and lots of salvia! Celery in particular is pointed out, because it breaks down into tiny tough strands that naturally clean your teeth.
4. Yogurt—another contender that has casein!
Click here for the original article and more foods—courtesy of Huffingtonpost.com
So what do you do to help protect your teeth?