You are what you eat. If this is so, the same applies to your gums and teeth. When you decide to consume sugary and starchy foods, you are not feeding yourself only. You are also feeding the bacteria that has lodged itself in different sectors of your mouth.
When starch and sugar are exposed to the plaque that is present in your mouth, acids are formed. These acids can wage war on your teeth for twenty minutes or longer after you finish eating.
If these attacks occur repeatedly, the hard enamel on the surface of the teeth will be broken down. Tooth decay ensues.
The bacteria present in plaque can trigger an inflammatory response. This response will lead to the breakdown of bones, gums and other structures that play a role in supporting your teeth. Some sources of food are very inviting to tooth decay. Others, on the other side, may help to fight the accumulation of plaque. What are some of the foods to seek out?
Foods that are rich in fiber can help to keep your teeth and gums clean. Foods rich in fiber second good personal dental care as a natural defense against gum disease and cavities. They also improve the flow of saliva. Saliva is very important as it contains traces of phosphate and calcium, which restore minerals to areas of teeth that have been affected by dangerous acids and enzymes. Green and black tea contain polyphenols that kill or hold back bacteria, preventing them from producing acids or growing.
Another great saliva producer is sugarless chewing gum. Saliva is very important for our oral health; it helps to remove food particles from our mouth. Dairy products also act as another saliva maker. Cheese and milk have calcium and phosphates that help rebuild enamel and restore minerals that might have been lost to other foods. Fresh fruits and raw veggies such as oranges, celery, carrots and cucumbers do amazing things for your teeth. Grains such as low-salt pretzels and baked tortilla chips are other great snacks.
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