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      Healthy Foods that could be Damaging your Teeth

      Just when you thought healthy foods could do no wrong, a recent study came out saying some foods may actually be damaging your teeth while you are getting your nutrients.

      Dr. Allison Crutchfield, Director of Pre-Clinical Education and Simulation Clinic for Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health at A.T. Still University stopped by the set of Good Morning Heartland Monday morning to break it down for us.

      Vegetables are one of the best food choices you can make. They are low in sugar and high in water and fiber (helps with digestion and offsets fat intake). Chewing them can help clean the teeth surfaces and activate saliva production. Celery, carrots and lettuce are all great choices.

      Fruits and veggies should, together, make up half of your dietary intake and are a great source of vitamins. Skin such as apple skin is a good source of fiber, however; one should be careful of sugar and acid content. Acid can lead to a breakdown in your tooth enamel. Oranges and citrus are high in acid; better consumed as part of a whole meal. Mangoes and cantaloupe are lower in acid and are safe for the tooth enamel, especially in higher risk patient such as those currently with braces on.

      Dried fruit: May seem like a healthy snack, but still high in sugar. Very sticky, leaving sugars on your teeth enamel long after you are finished eating. It??s this prolonged exposure to sugar which can lead to tooth decay. A better snack choice is fresh fruit.

      An alternative snack choice is nuts, they contain protein and minerals. Part of a balanced diet; be sure to eat in moderation as they are a fattier food.

      Another snack choice is low-fat dairy products (cheeses, yogurts). High in calcium which helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Good source of protein, also other vitamins and minerals.

      Frequent consumption of sugar can be directly related to the amount of tooth decay. If you decide to enjoy sugary foods, be sure to brush your teeth as soon as you are done eating. Alternatively, rinsing with and drinking water can also help rinse the tooth enamel of sugars.