Eat a Tooth-Healthy Diet
The hardness of your teeth can vary depending on what and how you eat. Some of the impact happens when you’re young. As a child, your diet determines how strong your body is able to build your teeth. It’s important to make sure you’re getting enough calcium and the vitamins necessary to build strong teeth, including vitamin D and vitamin K.
However, when you’re older, your teeth still depend on your diet. Our teeth are strong, but they’re vulnerable to acid. If you consume acidic foods and drinks, you are more likely to weaken your teeth, making them vulnerable to chipping and cracking.
Sugar can also weaken your teeth. Bacteria living in your mouth consume the sugar and excrete acid that damages your teeth and gums.
How you eat matters, too. If you drink a soda or fruit juice quickly, it does less damage to your teeth than if you sip it slowly for hours. The same thing goes for sugar. If you eat a single portion of sugar, it is less damaging to your teeth than if you consume the same amount of sugar over an extended period.
It’s a good idea to rinse your mouth with water after consuming sweet or acidic foods. This will help neutralize the acid so your teeth can stay healthy and strong.