At Katy Dental Experts, we believe prevention is essential to achieving optimal oral health and that your diet should include preventative measures. Have you ever heard “you are what you eat”? This is especially true when it comes to your dental health. So what foods should you be incorporating or avoiding to benefit your oral health?
Kiwi – Vitamin C is vital to your gum health, without it the collagen in our gums will begin to break down, become tender and be more susceptible to bacteria. Kiwis contain the highest amount of Vitamin C of any fruit.
Cheese – Cheese can be helpful in neutralizing acid in the mouth, preserving tooth enamel, killing bacteria and even preventing decay and periodontal diseases.
Celery – Chewing celery can help massage gums, clean between teeth and even produce saliva which can help neutralize bacteria in the mouth.
Sesame Seeds – Sesame seeds are high in calcium, helping preserve bone in the mouth. While chewing sesame seeds, they can also help remove plaque from teeth and help build tooth enamel.
Onions – Onions are known to have powerful antibacterial properties, helping eliminate bacteria in the mouth, reducing the risk for cavities and periodontal diseases.
Shiitake Mushrooms – Shiitake mushrooms are known to contain lentinan which is a naturally occurring sugar known to prevent plaque from forming in the mouth.
Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes contain high amounts of Vitamin A, which is essential for gum tissue health and the formation of tooth enamel.
Water – Although not technically a food, water is extremely important for oral health. It can help keep your mouth and gums hydrated, defending against bacteria and can also help remove particles, debris, and bacteria from the teeth, gums, and mouth.
Along with proper diet, professional dental care can be an important part of achieving and maintaining optimal oral health. Contact our Katy dental office today to schedule your preventive dental visit. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!