Oral Hygiene and Your Diet Affect Your Oral Health - Part 2 | Our Dental Blog
Oral Hygiene and Your Diet Affect Your Oral Health - Part 2
Jan 9 2017
In our previous blog article, we began a discussion on foods that will benefit the health of your mouth. Below, Dr. Sato continues the discussion by offering five more options to help your oral health.
As you probably guessed, cheese is a great source of calcium. However, cheese is low in both acid and sugar as well. Due to this combination, cheese is a great option for your oral health. As a bonus, cheese contains a substance called casein. Casein is more commonly found in milk and helps to strengthen your teeth.
2. Chewing Gum
More specifically, sugarless chewing gum that contains xylitol, is an excellent choice to improve your oral health. Not all sugarless chewing gums contain xylitol, so choose your brand of gum wisely. Unlike other types of artificial sweeteners, xylitol prevents bacteria and plaque from metabolizing sugars. Additionally, the excess chewing will help you to produce additional saliva.
3. Tap Water
We know, you are probably told to drink water all the time. But, there is probably a reason for that. We recommend tap water over spring water or filtered water due to the fluoride that is present in our tap water. Fluoride will help to strengthen your enamel and prevent tooth decay.
Like many of the other options on the list, pears help you to produce more saliva. However, what makes pears so attractive is the neutralizing effect they have on acids in your mouth.
Like cheese, yogurt is a great source of casein, calcium, and phosphates that help to strengthen your teeth.
Now that you know what foods are great options for your oral health, our next blog post will examine several foods that can have a negative impact on your dental health. While dietary choices are important, remember to schedule your appointments every six months, and brush, floss, and use mouth wash as recommended. If you are in the Dayton, OH area and are in need of a dentist, contact us today, we are always welcoming new patients.