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Your smile by far is your best asset. What are you doing at home to keep it that way?
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Dairy Products (especially cheese) – Contains casein, which is a protein and combination of calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth damaged by acid.
Apples/pears/vegetables – These foods are also known as a ‘detergent’ food which “physically scrub” your teeth. Stimulation of saliva also occurs to help flush away cavity causing bacteria in your mouth.
High fiber foods like spinach – These types of foods usually require a lot of chewing, which increases saliva production. These foods are also high in protein, which can actually create a more basic environment in an acidic mouth. (Therefore, reducing the chances of cavities)
While citrus fruits can be an excellent source of vitamin C and nutrition for your body, they are not good for your teeth.
The acid in these foods can actually errode your teeth causing thinning and yellowing appearance of enamel, chipped teeth, sensitivity, and cavities.
Pop/Sports Drinks/Energy Drinks – the acid and sugar in these drinks work very similar to that of citrus and fruit juices. Exposing your teeth to these beverages over long periods of time, increases your chances even more of getting cavities. Example: If you drink a can of pop in 10 minutes, your teeth will be under an acid attack for 20 minutes following your last sip. (Total of 30 minutes) If you drink a can of pop over 2 hours, your teeth will be under an acid attack for 2 hrs and 20 minutes total.
Crackers/Chips – These foods are soft and easily trapped in the pits and grooves of the biting surfaces of your teeth. These refined carbohydrates convert to sugar in the mouth very quickly and cavity forming bacteria like to feed on this.
Berries – While berries may be very good for you health, they can stain you teeth leaving them unsightly. Blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, cherries, grapes, pomegranates, and other intensely colored fruits can cause stains.