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Best Foods to Eat for Strong, Healthy Teeth
We asked a medical expert what to include in your diet to keep your chompers clean and happy. By Washingtonian Staff
Comments () | Published January 9, 2012
Dr. Angela Austin.

Welcome to a new Well+Being feature, in which we have experts answer your burning health questions. The first installment: How to keep your teeth clean. (No, it’s not just about brushing and flossing.) We asked Dr. Angela Austin of Alexandria Children’s Dentistry what foods and drinks will keep both your teeth and your dentist happy. Here’s what she had to say:

“While most of us already know the foods and drinks that cause tooth decay, it’s just as important to focus on foods that promote a healthy mouth.”

Dairy
“Dairy products such as cheese, milk, and plain yogurt protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth and keep them strong.”

Fiber
“Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables are also essential for a healthy mouth. They are great food choices because they have a high water content, which helps stimulate the flow of saliva to wash away food particles.”

Sugarless Gum

“Sugarless chewing gum is another great saliva generator that helps get rid of food particles from your mouth. Gums that contain the sugar substitute xylitol can even reduce the risk of cavities. The best beverage choices include fluoridated water, milk, and unsweetened tea.”

Vitamins

“We all need vitamins to promote growth and a healthy body. The vitamins that are essential for a healthy mouth include vitamin B for healthy gums and bones; vitamin C to keep gums healthy; and vitamin D to strengthen teeth and bones.”

One last tip

“Eating or drinking sugary foods or drinks constantly throughout the day increases your risk of tooth decay. If starches and sugars are consumed, it’s best to eat or drink these only at mealtimes to reduce the amount of time these items are sitting in the mouth. And finally, it’s best to try to stay away from sticky candies and sweets, refined carbohydrates, carbonated soft drinks, and lots of fruit juice.”

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  • AdamSchulhof

    Lower your risk of teeth
    stains and decay by enjoying a balanced, healthy diet. With essential vitamins
    and minerals, you can build a strong healthy body and a stunning smile. Visit
    your orthodontist regularly to keep your oral health in check on the right
    track.

  • Sugarless Gum. Indeed, eating too much sweets may lead to tooth decay. What is the best remedy to take, when you've taken in too much sugar?

  • Aside from just strengthening the teeth, the body constantly needs a healthy supply of fiber and vitamins. How often should a person take or eat these kinds of foods?

  • You know what, this is actually true. If you're going to eat anyways, why eat foods that will damage your teeth if you can eat foods that will make it stronger. Imagine how strong your teeth will be if you brush and eat healthy foods both at the same time.

  • Most people think that brushing your teeth regularly is enough to have strong and healthy teeth. I would have to disagree. In my personal opinion, you also need to have a proper diet and eat the right food to maintain a healthy teeth.

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