Pioneer Valley Dental | Food And Health in West Valley City

Pioneer Valley Dental

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Food And Health

You’ve heard the old adage, “You are what you eat.”  But, you probably didn’t know about the effects many foods can have on your tooth health.

The dentists and staff at Pioneer Valley Dental hope the following tips on what to eat and drink will become part of your day-to-day diet.  Here’s some food (and drink) for thought:

-Green tea is an extremely healthy drink for your teeth.  Many green teas actually contain fluoride (from the leaves and the water).  Fluoride helps protect tooth enamel from decay.  Plus, green tea has antioxidant plant compounds that prevent plaque from adhering to your teeth, thereby reducing the chances of developing cavities and gum disease.  Green tea can also prevent bad breath.

-Unsweetened yogurt and milk are a good source of calcium, and they’re low in acidity.  Of course, calcium is the main component of teeth and bones.

-Cheese contains calcium and phosphate.  Cheese can help preserve and rebuild tooth enamel, and it kills the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.  Cheese also produces saliva.

-Fruits, including apples, strawberries, citrus, and kiwis contain vitamin C.  Without vitamin C, you could experience gum problems.  While a diet high in fruits may be a good thing, beware of the fact that fruits and vegetables can contain high levels of acids and natural sugars, which can cause tooth erosion.  By the way, if you drink a smoothie or have another type of acidic fruit, the worst thing you can do is brush your teeth immediately after.  This can wash away enamel.  Rather, rinse out your mouth and drink water or milk, wait 30 to 45 minutes, and then brush.

-Vegetables like carrots, sweet potato, broccoli are great sources of vitamin A, which is necessary for the formation of tooth enamel.  Plus, eating crunchy vegetables helps ensure good gum health.  Onions also should be included in your diet since they kill various bacteria.  Celery helps produce saliva, which can also neutralize cavity-causing bacteria.

-Animal food, including beef, chicken, turkey and eggs should be included in your diet since they include phosphorous.  They can prevent tooth decay.

-Water cleans the mouth and helps wash away trapped food particles that can decompose and ultimately cause bad breath.  In addition, water allows saliva to deposit minerals back into weakened teeth.


West Valley City Dentist | Food And Health. Curtis Smith is a West Valley City Dentist.