Do you have a sweet tooth that you just can’t seem to satisfy? If so, you’re probably doing some serious damage to your teeth. Foods high in sugar, citrus, foods that are sticky or crunchy, certain coffees, soda, and sports drinks all do a number on the enamel that protects your teeth.
So how can you combat your desire for sweet foods without putting the health of your teeth at risk? Try a few of these tooth-friendly desserts.
Did you know that cheese is actually very good for your teeth? Cheese consumption stimulates saliva, which fights tooth decay. The calcium present in cheese also helps replaces minerals leached from your teeth by other foods.
While you may not think of yogurt as the best dessert option, you can “dress it up” to be plenty sweet. Top your yogurt off with berries, nuts, or granola, and you have a sweet treat that its full of calcium, phosphates, and natural sugars and fibers that stimulate saliva production.
Sugar-free Blueberry Muffins
Blueberries have plenty of natural sugar. If you bake blueberry muffins, but forgo adding the suggested extra sugar, you’ll end up with “skinny” blueberry muffins that have mostly natural ingredients. Once again, the fruit is great for your teeth.
Satisfying your sweet tooth and keeping all of your teeth healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up sweet foods. If you have more questions on foods that are tooth-friendly, call Dr. H. Michael Long today for more information.