We teach our kids how to brush their teeth and the importance of doing it twice a day along with flossing. But at times, parents forget to teach kids that the most important thing to do to keep their teeth healthy is to eat the right foods (and avoid the wrong ones!). Brossard Dentists understand the importance of what we eat and they want to help their patients learn what they should and should not be eating. To help, the list below details the best and worst foods for healthy teeth.
Water with Fluoride
Drinking water with fluoride is one of the best things you can do to keep your teeth healthy. While most drinking water contains fluoride, some bottled water brands do not, so be sure to check the labels.
An apple a day not only keeps the doctor away but the dentist too! Eating apples not only provide fibre and other essential nutrients, but the chewing that is necessary helps remove plaque that can build up on teeth.
Like apples, crunchy vegetables such as carrots contain a high amount of water as well as vitamins and minerals. They also help clean teeth as they rub against them while chewing.
Nuts and seeds
Most nuts and seeds are high in calcium and phosphorus, two nutrients that are essential for replenishing enamel that acid has taken away.
Excessive sugar is bad for both the health of your teeth as well as your overall health. The acids and sugars found in these beverages can wear away tooth enamel and decay teeth.
Fruit is beneficial for your health but those with high acidity, such as grapefruits can actually be damaging to your teeth.
Breads and Pastas
White flour breaks down into simple sugars, which can cause tooth decay. Instead, whole wheat options are best.
Candy, especially the overly chewy kind, is especially bad for your oral health as it causes cavities and can get stuck in spaces between the teeth.
Children should begin to see a dentist as early as six months after their first tooth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that up to 20% of children have untreated cavities. If you are looking for a dentist around Montreal, be sure to speak with Dr. Vinh Nguyen at Brossard Dentists to see how they can help you make the most of your oral health.