We all, despite the very best of intentions, let our dietary guard down during the holidays. Here are some good and bad ideas …… some good food ideas …
- Cheese – it’s rich in calcium and balances the PH in your mouth which lessens the effects from acid from alcoholic beverages, for example.
- Nuts – they contain a lot of vitamins and minerals which keep our teeth and gums healthy.
- Vegetables – broccoli and carrots are especially good for you teeth. They contain vitamin A which is essential for strengthening tooth enamel.
- Crudités – promote good oral health because they’re eaten raw. This massages your gums, encouraging blood flow and cleaning your teeth to boot.
- Turkey – is a great source of protein which is rich in phosphorous. By eating plenty of proteins you help reduce tooth decay, keeping your teeth strong and healthy.
- Sweets – sugar is tempting but it’s a prime cause of an acidic biofilm that causes dental decay. Acid resulting from eating too many sweets can dissolve the minerals essential to healthy teeth. If you do eat sweets, do so after a meal.
- Fizzy drinks – carbonated drinks are loaded with sugar. We already discussed what sugar does to teeth. Sugar-free and diet drinks are also problematic. They are highly acidic and can cause tooth enamel erosion. If you must drink them, use a straw to avoid so much interaction with the teeth.
- Wine – white wine can contribute to enamel erosion. It’s very acidic. Try drinking it with your main meal rather than sipping it throughout the day. Red wine can increase the risk of staining your teeth.