Three Tips for Teens & Their Teeth

A diet rich in calcium, folic acid, and leafy greens is great for the teeth and gums. Hard and crunchy foods also help teeth if they contain water. Chewing food creates saliva, which naturally kills tooth decay-causing bacteria. Eating foods like apples, carrots, and celery helps sharpen teeth and remove plaque.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for healthy teeth and helps your body better absorb calcium. While the best source of Vitamin D is sunlight, good food sources are cod liver, egg yolks, and fish.

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C is necessary for the prevention of periodontal disease. Without it, your gums can become sensitive and more prone to the bacteria that cause the disease. Some foods rich in Vitamin C are bell peppers, oranges, kiwi, strawberries, broccoli and kale.

Acid Erosion

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Beware of acid-rich food and drinks that wear the enamel of the teeth. Some of these acidic choices are coffee, wine, soda, fruit juices, sparkling water with lemon and salad dressings (just to name a few). Knowing the pH levels in the foods you consume daily will help you be aware of your teeth’s acid exposure. For example, cranberries and ice tea have high acidity but natural yogurt and cucumbers are low in acidity.

Acid erosion eats away the edges of teeth first. The enamel becomes dull and yellow and eventually the tooth loses its opacity. As time goes on, the tooth becomes sensitive because there is no protective layer. Then, the dentin becomes exposed.

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Keep your teeth and gums healthy with regular visits to the dentist. At The Dental and Denture Office we have provided top of the line dentistry in Oakville for over 30 years. Our services include dentures, dental implants, digital x-rays and teeth cleaning. Call us today and schedule an appointment.

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