Of course you know that sugar is bad for your teeth and water is good. Did you also know that salmon is good for your teeth and citrus juice is not so good? While you’re making your plans for healthy teeth in the new year, think about the types of food and drink you consume. Often, if they’re not good for your body overall, then they’re also not healthy for your teeth.

Check out these best and worst foods as you make plans for your healthy teeth in the new year!

The best foods:

  • Milk contains calcium, which is incredibly beneficial for bones and teeth.
  • Water keeps everything hydrated and helps wash away sugars and acids. Water also contains fluoride, a mineral that protects against tooth erosion.
  • Strawberries are on the best foods list! They contain malic acid, which is a natural enamel whitener. Who knew? We did!
  • Oranges and other citrus fruits contain vitamin C that is good for you in so many ways, including keeping your gums healthy. Just don’t overdo the citrus and make sure you brush afterwards.
  • Salmon, yes, salmon. The fish is a great source of vitamin D, which helps your body absorb all of that calcium.

And the worst foods:

  • Soda and other sugary drinks contain a lot of, well, sugar. Soda is the usual target, but energy drinks and sports drinks often contain a lot of sugar that is definitely not good for keeping those teeth healthy.
  • Alcohol actually dehydrates you and that includes giving you a dry mouth. When you add that alcohol to a sugary soda, that doubles the danger it poses to your teeth and mouth.
  • Coffee stains your teeth, dries out your mouth, and is acidic. Yes, we know, it tastes so good and helps get you going in the morning. Chase it with a glass of healthy water and drink it without added sugar to minimize the damage.
  • Hard and chewy candy. Need we say more?
  • Citrus is on both lists for a reason. The vitamin C is good for you but in limited quantities. Otherwise, an overload of citric acid puts these fruits on the worst list.
  • Ice is only bad for your teeth when you chew it. When you use it to chill a refreshing glass of water, it’s great for you and your teeth!

If you have questions about whether food and drink you love is healthy for your teeth, feel free to ask us at your next visit!

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