The condition of your oral health is determined by your diet. The food and drinks that you take come in direct contact with your teeth and gum. Your teeth are directly exposed to the ingredients in your food that can be either harmful or beneficial for your teeth and gum. Our digestion process begins from the mouth. The saliva in the mouth mingles with the food, breaking the constituents of the food into sugar. The bacteria present in the mouth break the sugar into acids, which gradually damage the enamels of the teeth, causing tooth decay.
Limit sugary foods
We all know that sugary foods are the worst enemies of your teeth. Added sugars as well as natural sweeteners such as honey, fructose, rice syrup, molasses or barley malt are equally harmful for the teeth. Even your carbohydrate rich foods such as French fries, cookies, breads and pies are rich sources of sugar. These foods tend to stick to your teeth, providing the bacteria in your mouth food, and accelerating tooth decay.
Fruits and vegetables
Certain fruits and vegetables are specifically good for your oral health. Fruits and vegetables that have high water content could wash away the sugar from your mouth. They could dilute the acid in your mouth and increase saliva production. Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears and celery are good for your teeth. Citrus fruits, such as lemons and oranges, tomatoes and berries that are rich sources of vitamin C are good for the health of your teeth. Vitamin C deficiency in the body makes the gum vulnerable to bacterial infection.
Vitamin C is also needed for collagen production of the gum. However, exposing your teeth to excess citric acid might not be beneficial for the enamels of your teeth. To minimize the adverse side effect of citric acid on your teeth, you should take acidic foods as part of larger meals. The sulfur-based plant nutrients found in onion could kill the bacteria in the mouth. Munching raw onions is especially beneficial for your oral health.
Vitamin A rich yellow and red colored vegetables, such as carrots and pumpkins are also good for the tooth enamel.
Milk and dairy products
Milk and dairy products are rich sources of calcium. Intake of milk and cheese reduces tooth decay and helps to rebuild the tooth enamel.