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What to Eat for Healthy Teeth: Kelowna Dentists Discuss the Best Foods for Oral Hygiene


Your favourite soft drink is out, but you don’t have to chuck your chocolate. You might be surprised when you see our list of the best and worst foods for your teeth. At Okanagan Smiles, our family friendly Kelowna dentists want to help you choose foods that will help you have a healthy smile for life.

You can also check out these other great tips you can use to keep your mouth healthy and prevent cavities.

Your everyday choices can have a big impact on your oral hygiene. Food and drink fill our bellies as well as our mouths, often with sugars that can cause plaque build-up and tooth decay.

When you choose foods that support your teeth and gums, you’ll be able to enjoy a brighter smile as well as less expensive trips to the dental clinic.

Foods and drinks to avoid:

  • Suckers, cough drops and caramels. These sweets contain refined sugar which stick to and attack your teeth. Sweets that aren’t sticky, however, such as chocolate are OK because they don’t linger in your mouth.
  • Pop. Kids and teenagers really need to cut down their soft drink consumption because it contains heaps of sugar as well as acids that break down your teeth.
  • Chips. Not much nutritional value there, but, like those sweets, the crumbs stick to your teeth and we’ll have a hard time scraping off all that plaque during your next visit to the dentist’s office.

Foods and drinks to enjoy:

  • Bran, beans, almonds, apples, carrots and any other fibre-rich fruits and raw vegetables help to keep your teeth clean by stimulating saliva flowm as well as fight cavities and gum disease.
  • Milk, cheese and plain yogurt protect your teeth by giving them minerals, such as Calcium, Vitamin A, and protein.
  • Green tea kills the bacteria that can erode your teeth enamel. Black tea works too. Brew your tea with flouridated water for extra oral protection.

Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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