It is common wisdom that certain foods are terrible for oral health. Acidic foods and drinks like soft drinks attack the teeth directly, and sugary foods promote the growth of harmful bacteria. However, there are plenty of foods and beverages that improve our oral health instead of sabotage it. For more information about mouth-friendly foods, call our office for a consultation.
Yogurt contains calcium that fortifies teeth's enamel; it also contains beneficial bacteria that counteract strains of harmful bacteria responsible for bad breath. The act of eating an apple generates saliva, which stabilizes the mouth's pH levels and washes away harmful bacteria and food particles. Raisins contain phytochemicals that combat harmful bacteria, but care must be taken to ensure that raisins do not get stuck between the teeth. Green tea has been proven in studies to prevent bone resorption, inflammation, and gum disease.
Whole grains indirectly promote good oral health by assisting the body with the regulation of blood sugar. Cinnamon contains cinnamic aldehyde, a chemical that kills oral bacteria. Sugarless gum with xylitol stalls the spread of harmful bacteria. Cranberries and cranberry juice contain compounds that prevent the formation of glucan, one of the components of plaque. Mint kills the harmful bacteria responsible for bad breath. Onions combat harmful bacteria responsible for cavities and gum disease. Leafy greens contain little sugar, promote saliva production, contain phytochemicals for combating harmful bacteria, and can help regulate blood sugar.
Shiitake mushrooms contain active compounds that prevent cavities and gum disease. Milk and cheese have calcium for fortifying teeth and casein for neutralizing the acids created by harmful bacteria. Almonds promote the creation of saliva and lower blood sugar levels. Finally, water is a healthy choice of beverage for a variety of reasons; fluoridated water deserves a special mention since it can help remineralize teeth.
If you have questions about how your diet impacts your oral health, call our office for a consultation. Our team will be happy to recommend dietary changes that will improve both your oral health and your overall health.
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