Even if you brush and floss daily, the food you put in your mouth can impact the health of your teeth. The following tips from the American Dental Association will help keep teeth in tip-top shape regardless of what you eat:
Put down the brittle.
Hard foods like peanut brittle and sticky foods like dried fruit wreak havoc on our teeth. Opt for less hard and sticky options like chocolate which rinses off more easily.
Limit your carbs
. Starchy foods like sweet potato casserole tend to get stuck between our teeth which could result in plaque buildup. Be sure to clean between your teeth daily to remove any unwanted food that is left behind.
Decadent drinks and super sugary cocktails can dry out your mouth or stain your teeth. If you choose to raise a glass, be sure to follow it with a glass of water to help rinse away sugar.
A squeeze of lemon may make a cup of tea more refreshing, but too much citrus can erode enamel. A better choice would be milk as it may benefit tooth health thanks to high amounts of calcium and other nutrients.
Reach for the scissors
. Teeth are not made for opening packages and can be cracked if used as a stand-in for scissors. Rather than chewing through a hard-to-undo plastic package, grab something to help you cut it.
Source: American Dental Association
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