According to the experts of odontology there is a list of foods that are particularly damaging to the health of teeth and enamel, but the good news is there are also foods that can halt or even reverse the damage. So choose what you eat wisely.
Have you heard the popular saying: “Apple a day will keep the doctor away”? Well, apparently not the dentist. Here is the nutritional Facts of one medium apple: Calories 95, Total Fat 0.3 g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 2 mg, Potassium 195 mg, Total Carbohydrate 25 g (Dietary fiber 4.4 g, Sugar 19 g), Protein 0.5 g, Vitamin A 1% (% Daily Value based on 2,000 calorie diet), Calcium 1%, Vitamin D 0%, Vitamin B-12 0%, Vitamin C 14%, Iron 1%, Vitamin B-6 5%, Magnesium 2%. As you can see, apples contain significant amount of Potassium, Vitamin C, dietary fiber and a lot of sugar. Soft drinks, fruit juices, beer, white wine and apples due to their limited nutritional and high sugar content will acidify oral cavity and will lead to cavity and enamel erosion. The good news is we don’t need to shun these foods, we can counteract their negative effects by adding neutralizing and protective foods to the meal like cheese and/or celery.
There are foods that are beneficial and healing to our oral cavity. Blueberries and raspberries contain antibacterial substances that prevent formation of plaque and help reducing existing plaque by 45%. Another food that helps to maintain healthy teeth is yogurt. A cup of yogurt four times a week reduce risk of cavities by 22%. Scientists believe protective proteins found in yogurt and cheese get deposited on exterior surface of the teeth thus protecting and strengthening the teeth. Friendly foods include celery, mushrooms, chicory, green/roman salad and many other vegetables. These foods neutralize acidity in the mouth and create healthy environment for the teeth.
Enjoy dark chocolate! Don’t ever feel guilty indulging into the pleasure of eating dark chocolate. Dark chocolate (80% cacao or more) has antibacterial properties that prevent Streptococcus mutans produce glucans (the sticky substance that helps germs to get attached to the teeth forming a plaque). Be careful not to mix chocolate with other delights rich in sugar. The positive effects of the chocolates will be nulled.
Please note in my articles all percentages are based on 100% total. Some writers of my research materials like “Healing with whole foods” by Paul Pitchford drop percentages that never add up to 100% total, and so those numbers are meaningless and it is hard to take their findings seriously.