You have probably heard that there are foods that cause cavities, such as sweets, candy, and sodas, but did you know that there are also foods that can prevent cavities? Here are just four foods that, when added to your regular diet, can help prevent trips to the dentist.
Adding fiber to your diet, particularly in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables, can help prevent tooth decay. These foods are saliva producers, and the saliva naturally clears away debris from the teeth. These foods also neutralize acids that may be in other foods you eat so that the acids cannot decay your teeth further.
Good sources of calcium include cheese, milk, and plain yogurt. You can also get calcium from other sources, such as spinach and broccoli. Calcium binds with plaque to protect your teeth from acid and cavities. Calcium also builds up the enamel on your teeth, which is important for their protection.
While you should avoid sugar in your tea, green or black tea itself is good for your dental hygiene. These teas are natural bacteria fighters, and they can keep your mouth clean and healthy. These teas also reduce inflammation in the mouth, such as that which happens in the beginning stages of gum disease.
Fluoride in large amounts can be dangerous for your health. But when used in moderation, fluoridated water can greatly increase your cavity protection. When you drink fluoridated water, it helps to make your teeth more resistant to decay.
If you have questions about how to best protect your oral health, we can help. We offer nutritional counseling and oral hygiene instruction to help you protect your teeth at home between dental visits. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.