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Healthy Foods for a Healthy Mouth - Part 2

By Roger B. Parkes, DMD on April 29, 2016
Continuing from our last article, we will be examining 4 more foods that can help to improve your general oral health.
 
Preferably, you should stay away from food that includes large amounts of sugar, acid and stickiness. Every time you eat food that is high in sugar and acid, you're not only feeding yourself, but also the plaque that can inflict pandemonium in your mouth. The subsequent acids from the combination of sugars and plaque will lay siege to your teeth for as much as TWENTY minutes after you are finished eating!
 
Cheese is certainly a really good provider of calcium, and low in both sugar and acid. This makes it an ideal selection. Even more, cheese includes a protein called casein, which is found in milk and is considerably important in reinforcing the surface of teeth.
 
Sugar-Free chewing gum brands such as B-Fresh, Spry, Xponent, Xylichew and Trident all include xylitol, an artificial sweetener. Take note that not all sugarless gum include xylitol. In contrast some other artificial sweeteners, xylitol deters the bacteria in plaque from metabolizing sugar, operating more like an "anti-sugar" than a sugar substitute. Sucrose will result in dental cavities and periodontal disease, while xylitol works to prevent them. Chewing gum even helps to expunge bacteria and plaque from your teeth.
 
Tap water, generally, provides ideal levels of fluoride which helps to prevent tooth decay. The reason for this is simple: fluoride helps to remineralize teeth, negating the damaging consequences of acid, which wears away enamel. Most bottled water doesn't include adequate active fluoride to have any positive aspect.
 
Pears help to induce saliva reproduction, just like any high fiber containing fresh fruit. Pears are a great choice, as they have a bigger neutralizing impact on acid than other varieties of fruit, like apples, bananas, mandarins and pineapples.
 
Yogurt, much like cheese, is an additional excellent provider of casein, calcium as well as phosphates which help to remineralize teeth, the same as fluoride does. This can make it an additional preferred prospect for defending against cavities.
 
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