Oral Hygiene and Your Diet Affect Your Oral Health - Part 1 | Our Dental Blog
Oral Hygiene and Your Diet Affect Your Oral Health - Part 1
Dec 26 2016
Do you take excellent care of your teeth—brushing and flossing twice per day, using mouth wash, and visiting the dentist every six months, but still not getting the oral health results you want? You may want to look at your diet as a way to improve your oral health. Many of the foods that you eat can either benefit your oral health, or harm your it. Over the course of our next several blog posts, Dr. Sato will outline several foods that will either help or hinder your oral health.
Some healthy choices include:
Carrots are a tasty choice for either adults of children. The reason carrots are so good for your health, is they help your salivary glands secrete more saliva. Saliva is important because it works to balance out the acids and plaque in your mouth. Saliva is your body’s best defense against tooth decay and gum disease.
Celery works to keep your mouth healthy is several ways. First, due to how chewy celery is, it will naturally help you create saliva. Second, due to the fibrous texture, as your chew, celery will naturally clean your teeth.
Pineapples are good for your oral health for a variety of reasons. First, due to their characteristics, pineapples can help to naturally make your teeth whiter over time. Next, pineapples contain bromelain, which is a molecule that breaks apart proteins that cause tooth decay, tooth discoloration, and plaque and tartar build up.
Follow up for our next blog post, where we will continue discussing what foods are beneficial for your oral health. If you are in the Dayton, OH area and want to schedule a visit with your dentist, feel free to contact us today!