Some say we are what we eat. If that’s the case for our teeth also, then next time you’re chewing some caramel snack, think about the bacteria you’re also feeding as it puts plaque (to say the least) on your teeth. The thin, barely to see film of sticky bacteria and other materials form the plaque, covering the entire surface your teeth.
When sugars come in contact with the plaque, the acids may attack your teeth for 30 minutes right after you’re done eating. The more often the attacks take place, the more the enamel on your teeth is affected. This will come down to a tooth decay in time, as you might know by now.
As if this wasn’t enough, the bacteria in plaque also attracts inflammatory response that causes the breakdown of the gums, bone and other important structures of your teeth.
In the end, it’s a struggle when it comes to telling apart wrong food from good food for your teeth, but some “qualify” as definite “No” forever. For more info on maintaining your oral health see http://profismile.ro and their Facebook and Youtube.
Always have them around
Some foods are great for your teeth so you should have them in your kitchen. It’s the case of cheese, milk, plain yogurt and various dairy products as cheese is a saliva maker. The calcium in cheese and phosphates in milk and dairy products help the teeth recover from minerals lost from other foods.
Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables act like a detergent in your mouth, according to the American Dental Association. They make saliva flow and they are a natural weapon against cavities and disease. 20 minutes after you eat something sugary, the saliva begins to minimize the effects of the acids and enzymes that attack your teeth. Since saliva contains some calcium and phosphates, it gives back to some dental areas the minerals lost from bacterial acids.
Another great saliva maker that cleans the food residues from your mouth is the sugarless chewing gum.
Every doctor praises the benefits of green and black teas. It’s the case of dentists also as these teas contain polyphenols that hold back or even kill bacteria from plaque. This way, the chances of acid attacking your teeth are lower. A cup of tea could also mean a great source of fluoride, if used the right water.
Eating foods with fluoride is also a great thing to do for your teeth. Powdered juices, dehydrated soups, commercially prepared foods are the foods to get.
Always stay away from them
No matter how much you love them, always stay away from starchy foods that might stuck in your mouth like soft reads, potato chips. They will remain forever stuck between your teeth.
Sticky candies and sweets are no surprise on this list. Unless they are meant to clear out of mouth quickly, say “NO” to lollipops, caramels or cough drops containing refined sugar.
Many medicines and alcohol dry your mouth and lower the fluoride level of your mouth. You need to help it out with a fluoride rinse or a fluoride gel to brush your teeth.
The worst is the carbonated soft drinks as they not only bring too much sugar, but also contain phosphoric and citric acids that wear away tooth enamel.
What to do then?
There are simple things to do and some feeding principles that are not only good for your teeth, but also for your health altogether.
Try to always combine sugary foods with meals as during feeding your mouth makes more saliva. This lowers the effect of acid production and actually rinses the food residues from your mouth.
As your family doctor always nags you, drink more water. Fluoridated water helps when it comes to prevent tooth decay so it’s good the read the label of your bottled water and check the fluoride content.
Even if you don’t have a weight problem, you should limit between-meal snacks. Go for something nutritious if you really feel you can’t do it without a snack. The chewing sugarless gum after the snack increases saliva flow, cleaning out the food leftovers and acid.
Cliché or not, always brush your teeth twice a day. And floss. Once a day.