PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 07, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Many people assume that healthy foods are also good for their teeth, but Smile Creations' John Calvert, DDS
, knows differently. There are plenty of foods that truly do benefit the health of the teeth and body, but a few that may also potentially harm teeth. A recent article
in Heartland Connection reveals foods that are helpful and some that are harmful.
Vegetables are great option for keeping teeth clean and healthy. Crunchy foods such as celery and carrots can help to clean the surface of the teeth. Chewing also promotes saliva production. This can help to wash away food particles and bacteria. Saliva is also a natural protector against tooth decay. In addition, vegetables are high in water and fiber and low in sugar which can aid the body in digestion and help people to stay healthier.
While fruits are another food that is high in fiber and also in vitamins, some are also high in acid and sugar. Too much acid can break down the protective enamel coating on teeth. This can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay. Citrus fruits are higher in acid than other fruits and people should eat them as part of a meal to help neutralize the acidity. Mangoes and cantaloupes, however, are lower in acid and safer for enamel. Dried fruit is another potentially harmful food. It is high in sugar and because this form of fruit is often sticky, the sugar sticks to the teeth even when people are finished eating. Fresh fruit is a better alternative.
"This does not mean that you should stop eating fruit, however," says Dr. Calvert. "Just try to eat it along with other foods and drink plenty of water to rinse out the mouth. Brushing after eating also helps to remove sticky residue and reduce the amount of acid on the teeth. This can help to prevent cavities."
Some other healthy snack options include nuts, and low-fat dairy products. Nuts are high in protein and minerals that help the teeth and body. They are part of a well-balanced diet but people should consume them in moderation because they are higher in fat than other foods. Dairy products such as milk, cheese and, yogurt are high in calcium. Calcium helps to build strong teeth and bones. These foods also contain other beneficial elements such as protein, vitamins, and minerals.
"Eating a nutritious diet that contains a balance of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, protein, and whole grains can help to support better dental health and overall health," explains Smile Creations' John Calvert, DDS. "It is important to remember to brush after every meal and floss as well. This helps to remove any food particles, sugars, and plaque buildup. Flossing cleans the spaces between teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can also help to wash away bacteria and keep the mouth healthier." At Smile Creations, John Calvert, DDS, helps people to achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile.
Smile Creations' John Calvert, DDS
, has more than 25 years of experience in the dental field. He helps to make patients feel comfortable and relaxed as he works with them to create a treatment plan to meet their dental care needs. He offers a variety of options in cosmetic, restorative, and orthodontic treatment. Dr. Calvert has achieved advanced training in the areas of TMJ treatment and cosmetic dentistry allowing him to provide even higher levels of care. He is dedicated to transforming smiles.