Food That Are Good For Your Teeth

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Foods That Are Good For Your Teeth


  Raw foods - When you don't have time to pull out a toothbrush at the office, munch on a raw apple or celery instead.  Crunchy, high fiber foods have natural teeth-cleaning capabilities, and help prevent plaque forming bacteria. Don't forget to rinse your mouth with water afterwards to remove natural sugars and acids.  No need to spit out, just swallow the water as one of your 8 cups per day.

  Milk and Cheese -  Studies show that calcium rich foods such as milk protect against periodontal disease, dental cavities, and also helps re-mineralize your teeth.  Research shows that people who eat cheddar cheese have lower acidic levels in their mouths, than people who drank milk or ate yogurt.  Cheese naturally helps neutralize plaque acid in the mouth. 

 Yogurt - Yogurt is an excellent source of probiotics or active bacterial cultures that compete with the bad bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.  This can lead to a healthier mouth and less dental work needed.

  Strawberries - These berries have a very mild bleaching action and can remove superficial stains, but be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly after eating them.  Although good for us, strawberries are acidic and acids (like sucking lemons) erode away tooth enamel over time.

Raisins – Naturally sweet raisins do not contain sugar or sucrose.  Raisins are a source of phytochemicals (as in tea),  which help kill cavity-causing plaque bacteria.  Raisins also slow down the type of bacteria associated with gum disease.

Cranberries – Cranberries contain the same polyphenols as tea does, which help keep plaque from sticking to teeth, lowering the risk of cavities. (Because cranberries are so sour, many products have added sugar, which defeats the dental benefits for the cranberries.)

 Tea - Tea is a good source of natural catechins (antioxidants) which help to reduce cavity causing oral plaque.   Studies have shown that green tea extract strongly inhibits the growth of plaque producing bacteria.  However, be aware that drinking tea can stain the teeth.  A study at the University of Chicago found that people who rinsed their mouths with black tea for one minute, ten times a day, had less plaque buildup on their teeth than people who just rinsed with water. Tea also undermines the ability of some bacteria to stick to other bacteria.

  Sugar-free chewing gum - Look for sugar-free chewing gum that contains xylitol as the main sweetener.  This natural fruit alcohol has been shown to reduce decay causing Streptococcus mutans bacteria.  Sources say you need to chew four or more sticks to get the best results.  Two sticks minimum chewing 10 minutes 3 times per day.  Make sure Xylitol is the first ingredient.

 ****** Nothing replaces daily brushing and flossing to help maintain healthy teeth and gums.

 Your Gentle Dentists,

 Dr. Simmons  (661) 947-3163



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