05 Sep Foods That Are and Are Not Good for Your Dental Health
So many of us are in a hurry to get ready for work or school in the morning. When we’re in a rush to get somewhere, we often opt for quick and easy meals. A majority of our Fairbanks Family Dental Care patients choose smoothies as a way to get valuable nutrients into their system to start the day. However, there is one problem with smoothies first thing in the morning—the ingredients we put into them that may not be so great for our teeth and could be starting our dental health off on the wrong foot for the day. For this reason, we’d like to address foods that are and are not good for your dental health in Fairbanks.
What should I be adding to or avoiding when making smoothies each morning?
When making a smoothie, you need a liquid base of course—and why not choose orange juice?—it’s tasty and is loaded with vitamin C. Unfortunately, while orange juice is something we all associate with breakfast, is it all that good for our teeth? In short, the answer is no. Because of its high acidity that can lead to the erosion of your tooth enamel, it should be consumed in moderation. In fact, researchers at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health have found that orange juice is just as bad for teeth as many popular, at-home whitening treatments (University of Rochester Medical Center, 2009). So, if you’re going to make a smoothie with orange juice as the base, make sure to use it in moderation throughout the week, and use a straw to avoid the acidity directly impacting your teeth.
A great alternative to orange juice in your smoothie would be almond milk. It’s high in calcium, low in fat, and has no cholesterol! When it comes to the other goodies you add, bananas are excellent, so why not pair bananas with greens like kale and spinach? Both kale and spinach are full of vitamins, including calcium, which are wonderful for your teeth. Calcium helps to keep teeth strong and resilient, therefore, we recommend adding a little extra calcium to your diet through vegetables. Another common ingredient in your morning smoothie may be yogurt. If you are going to use yogurt in your smoothie, make sure it is a plain yogurt that is low in sugar.
In short, we think starting off the day with a smoothie is a great idea, as long as it’s nutrient dense and low in both sugar and acid. Sugar and acid destroy tooth enamel, and additionally cause unwanted stains and cavities! And no one wants to have to endure unnecessary fillings, tooth extractions, or crowns, so simply skip the foods that are unfriendly to your teeth.
If you are drinking your smoothie or eating a meal outside the house, make sure to keep a toothbrush and toothpaste handy. We cannot overstate the importance of brushing your teeth after every meal. Even when drinking through a straw, sugars and acid can still come into contact with your teeth, so avoid waiting all day to brush your teeth! In conclusion, we at Fairbanks Family Dental Care hope you’ve learned something from our tips on which foods are and are not good for your dental health in Fairbanks!