Is Your Diet Really That Healthy When It Comes To Your Teeth?

In this day and age most folks understand that sugar can be detrimental to your teeth and gums, but hard candy, cookies, cakes, pop and other tasty goodies are not the only treats that you should avoid. Your 60659 Dentists, Dr. Jeffrey A. Kramer, and Dr. Janet M. Kuhn will tell you that even foods that are deemed as healthy could be causing problems.

There is nothing better than piling your pastrami sandwich full of pickles, but the humble pickled cucumber is extremely acidic, and if eaten too often could cause problems with the enamel on your teeth. If you like nothing, better than biting into a jumbo garlic pickle, your 60659 Dentist in Chicago recommends that you rinse your mouth with water after enjoying.

Dried fruit may be good for your waistline, but according to your Chicago 60659 Dentist, fresh fruit is better for your teeth. Dried apricots and prunes are loaded with sugar and extremely sticky. The combination of the two could be lethal when it comes to your teeth. Your Dentist in Chicago will tell you that a couple of dried pineapple slices can be stuck in your teeth for hours feeding the bacteria, which will eventually cause enamel erosion and tooth decay.

Everyone knows that red wine will stain your teeth, but white wine may not be the best choice either. Both red and white wine are loaded with erosive acids that can soften enamel, even after five minutes. Your 60659 Dentist can whiten your teeth if you have a penchant for a glass of red wine in the evening, but to keep acids at bay have a sip of water after you indulge.

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but it could also help your teeth. Citrus fruits are great for your waistline and essential when it comes to a healthy diet, but not so good when it comes to the enamel on your teeth. Rinse after enjoying an orange and never suck on a lime or lemon.

A diet loaded with starches is a recipe for disaster, and if you haven’t scheduled an appointment with your 60659 Dentist and indulge in more carbs than you should there is a very good chance that tooth decay is on the way. Foods such as French fries, soft breads, pretzels, potato chips, and donuts can be lodged in between your teeth, and although most are savory and not sweet, the starch will convert to sugar almost immediately. Just like sweets and citrus fruits, it is imperative that you rinse after enjoying.

Of course, it isn’t all bad news. Talk to your 60659 Dentist from Kramer Kuhn Dental if you are unsure which foods are best for your teeth and gums. In the meantime, try to eat more fresh vegetables that will give you the fiber you need. Fresh veggies will also stimulate your salivary glands. Fiber rich foods are extremely beneficial when it comes to the fight against tooth decay and gum disease.  

The majority of dairy products such as milk, plain yogurt, cottage cheese, and cheese are the winners when it comes to generating saliva and are loaded with calcium and phosphate.

Coffee and tea can stain your teeth, but if you consume unsweetened green tea, you will be killing bacteria as it contains polyphenols. By drinking a cup of green tea in the morning, you can actually prevent plaque buildup. Brew your green tea with fluoridated water, and you will be getting double the protection against bacteria and plaque.