Do you have a sweet tooth? You are not alone! Our bodies sometimes crave sweet foods, but many of them can be detrimental to the smile. This is especially true of individuals who do not brush and floss their teeth as directed and leave sugars and acids on their natural tooth enamel. The dentists of New Smiles Dental of Sherwood, OR works routinely with patients to help them achieve the smiles they’ve always wanted, and find the foods that can help them get there!
What foods can prevent tooth decay?
While food itself cannot prevent tooth decay, some foods have a positive impact on the smile in one way or another. Here are a few foods to consider:
- Cheese. Cheese has a protective protein in it called casein which can increase calcium levels in the mouth. This strengthens natural tooth enamel and can assist in preventing cavities.
- Apples. Apples are crispy and crunchy, allowing easy removal of plaque from the teeth. They can also help in freshening breath while also stimulating saliva flow to wash away food particles.
- Sugar-free gum. Gum that has an artificial sweetener called xylitol can freshen breath, increase saliva production to neutralize acids in the mouth, and can actively prevent tooth decay. Regular gum with sugar does not provide this same benefit and can be harmful.
- Red wine. While red wine is known for staining teeth, it also has proanthocyanins which are thought to be antioxidants that can improve tooth health. When enjoying, be sure to brush afterwards to avoid discoloration of the natural tooth enamel often associated with this beverage.
- Raisins. Flavonoids and polyphenols in raisins can help in fighting oral bacteria linked to tooth decay, though these foods can be sticky and have a high sugar content. Eat in moderation and brush immediately after eating to avoid these consequences while enjoying the benefits they provide.
Ready to learn more?
Contact New Smiles Dental of Sherwood, OR to speak to our team about your needs. We can help patients in the community at our state-of-the-art facility located at 17680 SW Handley, Suite #101. Call the office at (503) 925-9595 to request time with our dentists.