Beverages to avoid:
- Sugary fruit juices that can fuel bacteria growth in your mouth
- Soda and energy drinks that can damage your tooth enamel
- Coffee, tea, and red wine that can stain your teeth
Foods to avoid:
- Desserts with a lot of sugar
- Hard candies
- Dried fruit
- Caramel, taffy, and other sticky candy
If you have braces or other dental work, you should avoid the foods listed above, but you should also be careful eating food that can get stuck in your teeth like popcorn, and food that is hard to chew like bagels.
Beverages that can help your teeth:
- Water: Water helps your mouth stay clean by washing away particles, but it also helps your mouth produce saliva, which kills harmful bacteria.
- Orange Juice: Orange juice is a good source of Vitamin C, which is a nutrient your teeth need. Be sure to drink real orange juice, and not a sugary flavored substitute. You should also moderate your consumption of orange juice since it is a little acidic.
- Milk: Milk is a great source of calcium, which is an important part of helping your teeth stay strong and healthy.
Foods that can help your teeth:
- Dairy products like cheese and yogurt
- Fruits and vegetables with high water content—examples include carrots, apples, cucumbers, and celery.
- Spinach, kale, and other dark leafy greens
- Oranges, strawberries, and other foods with Vitamin C
In general, eating food with calcium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D will help keep your teeth healthy and strong. Fortunately, all of the foods and beverages that are good for your teeth are good for the rest of your body. In general, eating a healthy balanced diet will protect your teeth and your overall health.
To learn more about keeping your teeth healthy, visit O’Brien Dental Care.