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Foods That can Boost Oral Health

Foods That can Boost Oral HealthYour diet can help or hurt your teeth. Starchy, sugary foods can feed the oral bacteria that churn out enamel-decaying acid, but other foods can help rebuild enamel and keep gum tissues strong. Keep reading to learn more about the best foods for your smile.

1. Cheese
All dairy products can be good for your teeth because they contain bone-building calcium, but cheese is particularly good because its high phosphorus, protein, and calcium content give it anti-cavity properties. This means it is able to form a protective barrier over teeth that helps protect them against acid attacks.

2. Black coffee
Coffee might have a reputation for staining teeth, but a study published in the “Journal of Periodontology” found that coffee has antioxidants and other anti-inflammatory properties that can combat periodontal bone loss. For the best outcomes, drink your coffee black and without any sugar or added syrups that could feed oral bacteria.

3. Gummy bears
This sweet, popular kids treat might sound like it would be damaging to your teeth, but a study published in “BMC Oral Health” showed that eating sugar-free gummy bears, which were sweetened with xylitol, could help reduce the incidence of cavities. Xylitol can also be found in sugar-free gum.

4. Tea
Green and black tea are refreshing drinks, but both types of tea can also keep your teeth and gums strong. They contain an enzyme that prevents plaque and bacteria from sticking to teeth, as well as fluoride, which helps harden enamel. Drink several cups a day to combat inflammation and keep your teeth strong.

5. Red wine
Wine might be better known for its tooth-staining properties, but it is also a powerful antimicrobial that can combat oral bacteria. Non-alcoholic wines also have some of the same properties and can be good alternatives for nondrinkers.

Call our office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist, Dr. Mondavi.

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