Healthy Eating Habits

Eating a well-balanced diet is important for maintaining a healthy body, however it is important to understand how certain foods and drinks effect our teeth. A healthy diet involves eating fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and plenty of water. Within many of our healthy and non-healthy food choices, sugars and starches are hidden. Understanding which foods/drinks that should be limited, avoided or eaten quickly is key in cavity prevention.

Food/Beverage Categories:

Anti-Cariogenic

– Does NOT promote tooth decay
– Blocks bacteria acid from damaging tooth structures
– Aged cheeses (Cheddar, Swiss, Gouda, Montery Jack, Mozzarella, Brie), black licorice, raw chocolate etc.

Non-Cariogenic

– Does NOT promote tooth decay
– Proteins and fats

Cariogenic

– DOES promote tooth decay and should be limited and/or eaten quickly to avoid continual acid exposure to tooth surfaces. It is best to eat/drink these within a 20 minute time period and followed by a water rinse.
– Contains fermentable carbohydrates (sugars and starches) &/or acids
– Pop (regular & diet), juice, cookies, ice cream, bread, fruit snacks, granola bars, fruit potato chips, raisins etc.