2.Foods to avoid

Sticky sugary foods, read candy are enemy number one to your teeth. It’s bad enough that the sugars encourage proliferation of decay-causing bacteria but by being sticky, these sugars stay on teeth surfaces much longer. When bacteria break down sugars, an acidic residue is produced that is responsible for enamel corrosion and in effect tooth decay. While sweets are contraband when it comes to teeth hygiene, sugarless gum is actually your friend. Not only does it help to dislodge food particles from your teeth but it stimulates saliva circulation which helps to fight bacteria.

Sweetened juices and sodas are a double tragedy for your teeth; they not only have too much sugar but also citric and phosphoric acids which corrode the enamel. You should aim to limit their intake. Another impediment to good dental health is alcohol. Alcoholic drinks dry out the mouth, which softens the enamel, making it susceptible to corrosion and chipping. Starchy foods such as fries, bread and white rice are broken down into sugars inside the mouth and these sugars in turn feed harmful bacteria. Limiting these or substituting them with vegetables and whole grain foods can improve your dental health. Tobacco, caffeinated drinks and colored drinks lead to teeth staining and buildup of plaque and should also be struck off the menu.

3.Eat lots of dairy products and fruits 

Calcium and phosphorous are the two most important minerals for the health of the teeth. These two minerals are constantly being eroded from the body so it is important to keep on replenishing them. Dairy products are the best sources of calcium and phosphorous. Nonfat or low-fat milk, yogurt and cottage cheese are the healthiest sources of these minerals. Cottage cheese is particularly beneficial as it also promotes saliva production. Saliva acts as a natural antibiotic. Gum health is central to protecting your teeth. Gum problems claim more teeth than tooth decay. The key to healthy gums is eating lots of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins C to avoid complications such as gum bleeding, gingivitis and periodontitis. Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots help to toughen the teeth and gums by exercising them as well as providing requisite nutrients. Vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium and can be obtained from soy, salmon and moderate exposure to the sun.

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