Top 3 Best And Worst Fruits For Your Teeth
Fruit not only tastes delicious it is also a great source of essential vitamins and nutrients to keep your body strong and healthy. Eating fruit has great proven benefits, however some fruit also contains high levels of acid and sugar that is damaging to tooth enamel.
Here is a guide to fruit that pose the biggest risk of damage to your teeth and fruit which will continue to help support and strengthen them.
3 Worst Fruits
Citrus fruits and juices are a great source of vitamin C and other nutrients but they are also highly acidic which can lead to tooth erosion. Steer clear of grapefruit, lemon and citrus juices on a daily basis.
Although delicious, pineapple is very acidic and high in sugar. This combination is a disaster for our teeth. Acid and sugar will quickly erode the teeth, resulting in decay.
Banana is packed full of vitamins and minerals but it is also high in starch and sugar. Starch dissolves slowly and can easily get stuck between your teeth, encouraging bacterial growth. Sugar found in banana allows acid production which will lead to tooth decay.
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3 Best Fruits
Often mistaken for a citrus fruit, kiwi is actually part of the berry family and is jammed packed full of calcium. Calcium plays a huge role in keeping the teeth strong by neutralizing harmful acids and aids in strengthening your tooth enamel.
Gum health is just as important as tooth health and strawberries are a great fruit to assist with both. Vitamin C found in strawberries helps produce collagen which is a protein that maintains keeping your gums strong and healthy. Eating half a cup of strawberries provides roughly 70% of your daily requirement of vitamin C. Strawberries also contain malic acid, this will help keep your teeth free of stains as it is a natural tooth whitener.
As they say ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’. Apples are full of fibre which acts as a toothbrush, cleaning bacteria and plaque off your teeth while also fighting off bad breath. Remember to keep the skin on your apples as the skin contains all that bacteria fighting fibre.
If you are concerned about your diet and how it may be affecting your oral health, call us on 9551 4599 or book an appointment online here to reserve a time with us today. One of our highly trained Dentists or Oral Health Therapist can assist in determining the best treatment necessary and offer dietary advice and choices that will help improve your oral health.