We’ve heard it before – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, what’s just as important as eating breakfast is making sure you’re eating the right things for breakfast. Here’s a look at what you should and shouldn’t put on the breakfast table for optimal oral health.
The good guys:
Fruit: certain fruits such as citrus fruits can be quite acidic but others like apples, berries, cherries, melons, and pears are full of vitamins and minerals that your body and teeth need
Dairy products such as yogurt, cottage cheese, and cheese are rich in Calcium to strengthen teeth and tooth enamel, and they stimulate saliva production which helps maintain and repair teeth.
Eggs: Whether you enjoy them scrambled, sunny side up, or in an omelet, eggs are full of protein, and vitamin D. If you’re going the omelet route, be sure to throw in a few servings of vegetables to give you an added dose of Vitamin C
The bad guys:
Most of the bad guys are bad because of one thing – sugar.
So as much as you love your Fruit Loops, Pop-Tarts, and pancakes, it’s best to save these for special occasions or an occasional weekend morning. You’ll also want to make sure that when you do enjoy these treats you drink water with your meal and brush afterward.
Not only will eating the right foods help make your teeth healthy, but they will also give you the energy you need to get through the day.