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Foods to Eat and Avoid to Help Your Dental Health

Foods to Eat and Avoid to Help Your Dental Health

Dental health is essential for healthy living, strong teeth, and a beautiful smile. There are plenty of things you can do to help your dental health: brush twice daily, visit the dentist regularly, and floss. However, there are also some lifestyle changes you can make to ensure your dental health is the best it can be.

Food and drink are essential for dental health. This is because the food and drink we consume affect the bacteria levels on our teeth and their likelihood to sustain tooth decay. Therefore, by choosing the right kinds of food, we can strengthen our teeth. On the other hand, if we consume lots of harmful foods, our teeth may become weaker. Therefore, it’s key to understand which foods you should eat and avoid (or enjoy in moderation) to ensure strong and healthy teeth.

Bad Foods

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Sugary foods, especially sweets, are a problem for your teeth. The worst kind of sweets are those that stick in your mouth for a long time. Examples of these could include lollipops or caramels. Sugar is bad for your teeth as it feeds the bacteria on your teeth, causing toothache, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Food that gets trapped in your mouth, especially if it is starchy. The kind of food that gets trapped in between your teeth, such as crisps and bread, is no good for your teeth. When they get trapped, it takes longer for your saliva to flush out the bad bacteria that causes tooth problems.

Carbonated drinks are one of the worst things for your teeth. Carbonated soft drinks are often packed full of sugar and will only do bad things for your teeth. In addition, the acid in these drinks is incredibly damaging.

Good Foods

Dairy is great for teeth. This can include most dairy products, but key ones include cheese, milk, and yogurt. Dairy contains calcium, which strengthens your teeth. They can even rebuild enamel on your teeth.

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Fruits and vegetables rich in fiber are great to eat to benefit your teeth. This is because fiber-rich fruit and veg make saliva flow in your mouth. Saliva is great for tooth health, as it dulls the power of acids on your teeth, caused by sugar reacting with plaque.

Sugarless chewing gum is useful for the same reason – it gets saliva flowing in your mouth. If you have one of the worse foods for your teeth – such as a sweet – chew sugarless gum after to clean your teeth quicker. It also can remove food from your teeth.

Food should be enjoyed in moderation.

Cutting certain foods out completely is often difficult and can develop into bad eating behaviors. For this reason, said “bad” foods should be enjoyed in moderation, rather than cut out completely.

Managing your food and drink intake will help the strength and health of your teeth, but you may still run into issues with your dental health. For this reason, ensure you see a dentist as soon as you notice any problems with your teeth. Look to http://bruggemandental.com/ for a great dentist to help you with your dental hygiene.

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How to prevent cavities naturally. By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

How to prevent cavities naturally

Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Diana S.
Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Diana S.

It is well-known that our mouth is lingering with bacteria. Every day, our strongest fighter against them is saliva – which is meant to wash them away and reduce their number. However, Saliva is no Superman, so it needs some help in fighting bacteria and preventing cavities. Find out how to do it in a natural way in the following paragraphs.
What is a cavity?
Cavity, also known as tooth decay and dental caries, is a hole or hollow in a tooth caused by a break down that is the result of the activity of bacteria. Their most recognizable syndromes include pain, change of colour (into brown or black), as well as inflammation of the surrounding tissue or the formation of abscess in severe cases.
When we eat food, especially acidic, our mouth is fighting a combat with this new environment by injecting or pumping saliva in order to wash it away and prevent the emergence of bacteria. The result of this natural way of washing is restoring balance in our mouth; however, when there is not enough saliva, or when the food or drink is too strong for it (such as in the case of coffee or other sodas), food leftovers stay in between teeth for a longer period, which further causes bacteria to start swarming in our mouth. When this happens for a longer period of time, cavities can occur.

Natural ways of preventing cavities

In a recent conversation with orthodontics, we have learned that our lifestyle can change the creation of cavities. Here is how:

• Avoid sugary food – Even though sugar does not directly cause cavities, its staying attached to our teeth and generally inside our mouth can cause many different bacteria to multiply and thus cause cavities. What you can do to avoid this is simply – avoid sugary food and drinks as much as you can. It would be best to stop taking them completely, but, since we are all humans (and occasionally need some boosting), even when you eat or drink food and beverages containing sugar – make sure that you have your toothbrush and toothpaste beside you. If that is not the case, tap water will do ad hoc, just to wash away the sweet taste – but you should definitely brush as soon as possible.

• Eat healthy food – Foods that your mouth and teeth will only benefit from are apples, which help washing and brush away food leftovers, as well as nuts, cheese and high fibre food which increase the production of saliva and strengthen enamel. Xylitol is a natural sweetener which can replace sugar in your food, and you can even take it in in the form of sugar-free gums, which are rich in xylitol.

• Oil pulling – This ancient Ayurvedic technique implies swishing your teeth with sunflower or sesame oil for approximately 20 minutes reduces mouth bacteria and plaque, and makes your teeth whiter and brighter.

• Brush early in the morning – This is obvious, but is is important to highlight that you need to brush bacteria that have built up during the night, as well as plaque which is a normal consequence of sleep.

Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Diana S.
Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Also, you should brush after every meal, but the morning and night brushing are simply a must. Of course, do not forget to clean your braces thoroughly every day (here are some basics differences between invisalign and braces).

Even though genetics can play almost the biggest role in the emergence of cavities, there are, still, some things we can do in order to prevent them. Eating a healthy diet, which includes eating fruit, vegetables and drinking a lot of milk on a daily basis, with addition to and avoiding sugary drinks and coffee can help you keep the level of bacteria in your mouth on a reasonable level.

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