Sugar is a sworn enemy of healthy teeth. Any food that contains large amounts of sugar will feed bacteria to create acid, and increase the production of plaque. Plaque is a sticky film that adheres to your teeth. When plaque hardens, it turns to tartar, which requires a professional cleaning from your dental hygienist to safely remove. When tartar and plaque are allowed to stay on teeth, tooth decay will follow. With sugary foods topping dentist’s most wanted lists, are there any foods that are actually good for your teeth?
Raw Vegetables Neutralize Acids
Plaque is a mixture of food particles and bacteria. Regularly crunching on raw vegetables like carrots, celery, broccoli, jicama, and cauliflower, will actually remove food particles while you eat. Nutritional dynamos, veggies don’t just provide wonderful nutrients for your overall health, but they also take more effort to chew. Chewing increases production from your salivary glands. Excess saliva adds to even more elimination of food particles in the mouth, and also neutralizes acids.
Olive Oil Fights Gum Disease
Need some dip for those raw veggies? Consider olive oil. Researchers at the University of Madrid have discovered anti-cavity properties in the oil derived from olives. Lower tooth decay and gum disease rates were measured in the people that lived in Spanish towns that produce olive oil. Oleuropein is an anti-bacterial compound in olive oil that not only has the ability to stop the bacteria that cause gum disease, but also fights bone loss. More good news for oil: the fat molecules in all oils help neutralize acids which can prevent plaque from forming.
Be Proud of that Smile When You Say Cheese
Eating less than an ounce of certain cheeses each day can help harden teeth. Mouths full of teeth with intact enamel are going to keep tooth decay at bay. Cheese reduces acid in the mouth by maintaining a pH level which is conducive to healthy teeth. Among the various types of cheese that have been shown to reduce plaque are Swiss, cheddar, Swiss, Gouda, brie, and even processed American cheese.
ABOUT YOUR ROWLETT, TX FAMILY DENTIST:
At Rodem Tree Dental, you and your family can expect to receive the latest in quality dental care. Dr. Ellen Nam and our team want to help you improve the health and beauty of your smile. To schedule an appointment, call our office at 972-475-2321. We proudly service patients in Rowlett, Rockwall, Garland, Wylie, and Sachse.