A study reveals that people who follow a healthy diet with vegetables, dairy, whole grains, lean protein and fruits have fewer cavities. Crunchy vegetables are good since they give teeth a good scrub.
- Spinach, kale and other green vegetables are good for healthy teeth. They require more chewing which helps to release more saliva that washes the teeth.
- Avoid too much citrus foods such as oranges, lemons, and lime that are highly acidic and cause erosion of tooth enamel. Citrus fruits can be enjoyed with large meals to limit damage to the teeth.
- Candy should be avoided due to the high sugar content that fuels bacterial activity in the mouth.
In general, you don’t need to deprive yourself of your favorite fall and winter treats to maintain a healthy mouth — just be sensible. “You can eat anything in moderation,” says Dr. Messina. “And make sure you brush twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist regularly.”
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