"Eat Your Way to a Healthy Smile"According to the CDC, approximately 91% of U.S. adults aged 20-64 have dental carries in permanent teeth. Leading dental surgeon Dr. Bruce Seidner , DDS, FAGD has noticed a growing increase in the All-in-4b procedure to help people with tooth decay and those who are edentulous (completely toothless) have a full functioning mouth. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Below, Dr. Seidner breaks down top five best and worst foods for your teeth.

Best Foods

  1. Fibrous Fruits and Vegetables – Saliva is critical to a healthy smile. It defends against cavities, washes way food particles, and cleanses your mouth. Fiber-rich food stimulates your saliva glands. Chew on crispy fruits and veggies like apples, carrots, and celery.
  2. Dairy – Your teeth are mostly made of calcium. A lack of calcium increases your risk of developing tooth decay and other oral problems. Vitamin D found in dairy products like cow’s and almond milk and cheese add essential minerals to your teeth and rebuilds your tooth’s enamel.
  3. Gum – Gum is OK as long as it’s sugar-free. Chewing gum after your meals and snacks can preserve your tooth’s enamel by removing any harmful acid.
  4. Green Tea – a cup of green tea suppresses bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease, just drink it sugar-free.
  5. Water with fluoride – purified water with fluoride is the best type of water

Worst Foods

  1. Sugary Sweets – We already know how terrible sugar is for you, here’s another reason. It is the leading cause of tooth decay. Sugar makes it difficult for saliva to wash it away.
  2. Refined Carbohydrates – Foods made from white flour (chips, bread, crackers, pasta) are just as bad for your teeth as jelly beans and cookies. These foods will linger in your mouth and will start to break down into sugar. Bacteria live off sugar, produce acid, which leads to tooth decay.
  3. Sodas/Fruit Drinks – Not only do these drinks have tons of sugar in them, but they also have phosphorous and carbonation which wear away your enamel causing tooth discoloration. There’s no substitute, just stay away altogether.
  4. Ice – Ice munching can cause cracked/chipped teeth, damage to tooth enamel, cause problems to existing dental work (i.e. fillings, crowns), sore jaw muscles, promotes cavities, and makes your teeth susceptible to hot and cold sensitivity.
  5. Acidic Foods – Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges are tasty, but not the best for your teeth, don’t remove them from your diet completely, just avoid keeping these foods in your mouth for extended periods of time, and follow up with fluoride water.

Dr. Seidner is the founder and driving force behind Seidner Dentistry & Associates, a modern, state-of-the-art dental office that provides expert care in implants, sedation, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and family dentistry. Having three decades of experience, Dr. Seidner is seen among his peers as the leader for his revolutionary approach to people suffering from loose-fitting dentures with the All-on-4 implant procedure.