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Friend and Foe Foods for your Teeth Teeth are important in life. They help you eat. They make your smile look pretty. They are important for talking properly. When people lose their teeth, they replace them with implants or dentures. Teeth can lead to a lot of joy in life, but they can also lead to a lot of pain and sorrow if not properly taken care of. Apart from brushing and flossing, what you expose your teeth to is important. Here is a list of the best and worst foods for your teeth and why:

Friend Foods: There are lots of great foods that help protect, clean, and strengthen your teeth. Here are a few of the most important: Foods high in FIBER are great for your teeth, for two reasons. One, fibrous foods take longer to chew, which means your mouth produces more saliva. Saliva is good for your teeth, your mouth’s natural defense. Saliva helps wash away unwanted substances and protects your enamel. Foods high in fiber are also naturally rough, which gently scrubs your teeth, brushing them in a way. DIARY (without added sugar) is also good for your teeth. Cheese especially helps generate saliva and most dairy products contain calcium and phosphates that help strengthen your teeth. WATER, the main ingredient in saliva is important as well. Water replenishes saliva, washes out your mouth, and dilutes any foreign substances stuck in your teeth. Water is man’s best friend.

Foe Foods Just as there are great foods for your teeth, there are some very damaging ones. Most of these should come as no shock, but there are a few tricky ones you might not have expected: First of all, CARBINATED SUGARY DRINKS are terrible for your teeth. The acid and sugar attack the enamel on your teeth. Soft drinks are just not good for you in any way. Avoid them as much as you can. Even canned iced tea contains flavor enhancing acids that will erode your teeth.

Second, STICKY CANDY is equally as terrible as sugary drinks. High in sugar (and sometimes acid) these long-lasting gummies attach to your teeth, release a constant stream of sugar into your mouth, and break down your enamel. This process can last for hours if you can’t brush your teeth directly after eating sticky candy. Also, don’t be fooled by the healthful allure of dried fruit. The dehydrated fruit concentrates sugar, creates a sticky texture, and causes the same damage to your teeth as manufactured candy. Third, anything that DRIES out your mouth can be bad for your teeth. Drying foods create the opposite effect as hydrating foods (obviously). What takes away water and saliva from your mouth removes that natural protection for your teeth and exposes them to any damaging substances. So in the future, avoid these damaging foods and embrace the good. If you need help recovering from old, bad habits, there are always cosmetic dentists in Sandy UT. Visit your dentist in Sandy UT today and see how they can help you!

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