While there are many foods that your New York City cosmetic dentists advise you not to eat, here are 4 that are especially good for your teeth!
1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree
Unlike high-acid fruits (most berries, oranges, lemons and limes), pears are low-acid. A study performed in South Africa showed that teeth were less acidic after eating a pear. Secondly, pears contain a lot of water, which dilutes sugars in the mouth and stimulates saliva production.
2. Bite Off What You Can Chew
Sugar-free gum sweetened with xylitol doesn’t break down into an acid in the mouth like other sweeteners do. Further, chewing gum can loosen food particles between teeth–not as well as a toothbrush, but more than rinsing with water.
3. Say “Cheese”
Dairy products are loaded with calcium, which strengthens teeth. Eat a piece of cheese before you drink an acid-containing beverage like cola or wine, or before eating high-acid food like Italian, to neutralize the acid.
4. Green Trees
Broccoli is loaded with iron, good for bones and teeth. Further, this iron forms an acid-resistant film on teeth. A study performed in 2010 showed that when drinking a high-acid beverage like cola or wine after eating broccoli, enamel erosion is cut by half.
Your Lower Manhattan cosmetic dentists hope these tips will help you improve both your diet and your beautiful smile!
To your health and beauty,
Jeffrey Shapiro, DDS, PC and Glenn Chiarello, DDS
NYC Cosmetic Dentists