Healthy Foods Can Cause Tooth Trouble – Part I

Best_DentistBlueberries, nuts, lemons—all are healthy foods that are good for you. And all of them can cause tooth problems if you aren’t careful with them.

“Just because a food isn’t perfect doesn’t mean you have to avoid it,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix cosmetic dentistry office. “It’s a good idea to be aware of the pros and cons of foods you like, and adjust to bring out the pro in your food,” she continued.

Blueberries are a powerhouse fruit. The berry has “one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures as well as DNA,” reports the website The World’s Healthiest Food.

So what’s not to like? The very color that carries the antioxidant also stains your teeth. If the juice or peel stays in your mouth for a long time, the teeth that come in contact with the berry will stain. If you eat berries regularly, your teeth will stain faster. (Luckily, veneers don’t stain easily, and if they do, your dentist can polish them easily).

How to handle the staining problem? “Don’t let it start. Brush your teeth right after you eat the berries,” says Dr. Ford.  If you can’t brush your teeth, rinse your mouth with water. If you can’t do that, drink a glass of water. Any of these actions will keep your teeth bright and your taste buds happy.

Next: the pros and cons of nuts and lemons

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