Teeth-Friendly Food and Drink Choices
What comes to mind when you think about oral health? For most people, brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once daily are the initial thoughts. Also, getting regular dental exams and cleanings. Did you know your dietary choices can make your mouth healthier? The team at Country Club Dental wants to share teeth-friendly foods and beverages for your teeth.
Vegetables and Fruits — Chewing crunchy vegetables and fruits scrubs the surface of the teeth and increase saliva production, which helps reduce plaque buildup and neutralize acids to prevent cavities.
Raisins — Raisins contain phytochemicals (compounds produced by plants) to help fight bacteria in the mouth that may cause cavities and gum disease. Also, raisins don’t contain sucrose, which is the sugar that allows bacteria to stick to your teeth.
Cheese — A protein called casein is found in cheese, and it helps strengthen enamel. Cheese can also help fight acid erosion. Eating cheese after your meal neutralizes acid, which aids in preventing tooth decay.
Garlic — Garlic contains allicin, a chemical with antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. It helps control the harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Dark Chocolate — CBH compound is found in dark chocolate (70 percent cacao). The compound helps to harden tooth enamel and may prevent tooth decay.
Wild Salmon — Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. Wild salmon contains vitamin D, calcium, and fatty acids to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Xylitol — Xylitol is a sweetener commonly used as an ingredient in sugarless chewing gums. The sweetener has a compound that kills bacteria to help prevent tooth decay. Also, chewing gum stimulates saliva production, which promotes proper digestion.
Black and Green Teas — Black and green teas have polyphenols, which help reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth. Polyphenols aid in cavity prevention because of their antibacterial properties.
Water — Stay adequately hydrated by drinking plenty of water to promote saliva production. Saliva is necessary for proper digestion and neutralizing the acid and helps to reduce the risk of tooth decay. Water washes away food particles to reduce plaque.
Many of these items may already be a part of your diet. Now that you know how they help to improve your oral health, maybe you’ll consume them more often. Or, possibly, you’ve found something new to try.
Along with healthy eating habits, practice good oral hygiene and schedule regular exams and cleanings. How long has it been since your last dental visit? Contact our office to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Cameron Park, California, and the surrounding areas.