You can prevent gum disease and cavities at home by making your dental hygiene a priority. If you do not protect your mouth, then plaque can stick to your teeth, creating cavities and worse. However, if you follow guidelines for protecting your teeth, such as brushing twice a day and going to the dentist regularly, then your teeth stand a better chance of withstanding the natural buildup of plaque. You can also watch your diet, as eating healthy foods can benefit your oral health in various ways.
Which Foods Are Good For Your Teeth?
Eating healthy can always benefit your teeth, as you are avoiding sugary foods that promote bacterial acid, which attacks your teeth. In addition, some foods (and drinks) can produce added benefits for your teeth, such as:
- Water—This washes food particles off your teeth. Tap water is particularly good for you, as most of it is fluoridated. Fluoride helps replenish the minerals that make up your enamel, the first layer of your tooth and one of your best defenses against plaque.
- Sugar-free gum—Saliva is another good defense against bacteria, and chewing gum stimulates saliva flow.
- Milk—This beverage, and other foods that contain high amounts of calcium, such as cheese, can benefit your teeth by providing another mineral that restores your enamel. Calcium replenishes your enamel to help make your teeth healthy and strong.
- Leafy vegetables—Many foods with a lot of fiber require much chewing. Like with sugar-free gum, these can stimulate saliva to rinse your teeth.
- Crunchy fruits—Fruits in general may seem like a good choice, but citrus fruits like oranges produce acid that is not good for your teeth. On the other hand, crunchy fruits, like apples, have a lot of water to benefit your teeth.
- Meat—Meat contains a lot of phosphorous, another mineral that helps your enamel. Eggs and milk provide the same nutrient.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE FAMILY DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.