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Dental Health and Diet

Here at Lifetime Dental, we always emphasize the importance of a healthy diet. We believe that diet plays a crucial role in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease. When the teeth and tissues found inside the mouth are destroyed by bacterial acids, it leads to tooth decay. But there are foods that encourage the growth of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth and they can boost the rapid progression of periodontal problems. Fortunately, there are also certain foods that can keep dental problems at bay.

Promoting Better Oral Health

The first thing you need to do is to eat a balanced diet. You need to pick foods from 5 major food groups – vegetables, fruits, cereals and breads, dairy and meat. Then make sure you drink lots of liquid (water) every day to keep your mouth moist.

The following is a list of foods that can improve the health of your mouth:

  1. Cheese – A study published by the Journal of the American Academy of General Dentistry showed that eating cheese lowers the risk of tooth decay by raising the pH level.
  2. Yogurt – High in protein and calcium, yogurt strengthens the teeth and prevents bad bacteria from building up in the mouth.
  3. Apples – Sweets are generally discouraged but the ADA encourages the consumption of fruits like apples which are high in water and fiber content. Apple aids in saliva production which rinses bacteria in the mouth.
  4. Leafy Greens – Greens like spinach and kale contain lots of vitamins and minerals, and they are especially high in calcium which builds up the enamel of the teeth. In addition, they contain folic acid which has been found to treat gum disease.
  5. Celery – You probably do not appreciate the taste of celery but it functions like a tooth brush because it scrapes bacteria and food particles in your teeth. It is also high in vitamin A and C which boost the health of your gums.
  6. Carrots – Raw carrots are crunchy and they aid in the increase of saliva production. Carrots are also an excellent source of fiber and vitamin A.

If you notice signs of tooth decay or you see any cavities in your teeth, schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your teeth. Give us a call at (909) 483-0812.


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