Watching what you eat and drink is an important part of maintaining your health. But it can be difficult to properly choose a diet, especially with so many factors to consider. One aspect that Dr. James Fondriest, a cosmetic dentist in Lake Forest, IL, is particularly concerned about is your oral health.
For last week’s installment, we looked at three beverages that help your teeth. Today, we’ll focus on three tooth-healthy foods that might surprise you:
- Strawberries: You might think that the pigments in this fruit would stain your teeth. But strawberries contain malic acid, so they actually clean and whitens teeth.
- Onions: Although onions won’t do any favors for your breath, they contain powerful antibacterial components that keep your mouth clean. Raw onions are especially potent. As for freshening post-onion breath, eat some parsley, or chew some gum sweetened with xylitol.
- Cheese: Like milk, cheese is also great for your teeth. It contains calcium, phosphate, and vitamins A and D, and chewing it stimulates saliva production to neutralize bacteria.
You should avoid sugary and starchy foods, like cookies, potato chips, and candy (especially chewy candy), because they can stick to your teeth, and bacteria love feeding on them. Acidic foods, like citrus fruits, yogurt, and vinegar, can hurt your tooth enamel, though they have great health benefits. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water after you finish eating such foods.
Stocking the right foods and beverages in your home is a great way to keep your whole body healthy, and that’s a reason to smile!
Dr. James Fondriest can give you a smile you’ll be proud to share. Call Lake Forest Dental Arts at 847.234.0517 for your appointment or consultation. Dr. Fondriest is a conservative cosmetic dentist who serves patients from the greater Chicago area, as well as the North Shore suburbs of Winnetka, Highland Park, Glenview, Lincolnshire, Grayslake, and nearby towns.