Nobody likes cavities. They’re uncomfortable, unpleasant, and you always feel a little guilty when your dentist spots one in your mouth. Luckily, cavities are preventable with a thorough oral cleaning routine and regular visits to your dentist for dental cleanings. A build-up of plaque and various bacteria in the mouth can cause tooth decay. Sugar aids the development of these bacterias ultimately causing cavities in the teeth. Research has shown that some foods actually have components that fight cavity-causing bacteria. These foods include:
We all know that sugar intake is one of the main causes of cavities, but sugar-free gum also contains a chemical that helps fight them. Gum that is sweetened with xylitol has been proven to aid in cavity prevention. Xylitol hinders the growth of cavity-causing bacteria as the bacteria cannot use the compound to grow.
Much like sugar-free gum, sugar-free candy is a healthier alternative to its sugary counterpart. You can satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your oral health. Sugar-free candy is also sweetened with xylitol and aids with cavity prevention.
Calcium found in dairy products aids in the maintenance of healthy teeth and bones, however, research shows that protein found in some cheeses may also protect your teeth from cavities. This protein has properties in it that actually neutralizes acids that cause tooth decay.
While wine is notorious for staining teeth, it does have some elements that may protect you from cavities. Chemicals found in wine can fight harmful bacterias that cause tooth decay.
With similar components to wine, raisins can also prevent against cavity formation. It is important not to consume too many raisins as they are high in sugar and can have a negative effect.
Cranberries also contain properties that break down plaque and fight cavity-causing bacteria. Protect your teeth from sugar intake by opting for unsweetened cranberry juice.
While these foods can aid in the prevention of cavities, the best preventative methods are regular brushing, flossing, and semi-annual dental cleanings from a dental professional. To schedule a dental cleaning and prevention appointment contact the office of Dr Rodney Raanan today.