Foods That Can Improve Your Oral Hygiene

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Brushing and flossing are critical parts of your oral hygiene routine, but did you know that the foods you eat can also boost your dental health? For the best oral health possible, brush twice daily, floss at least once each day, see your preventative care dentist twice per year, and fill your plate with these foods that support your teeth and gums.

Raw Vegetables
Chomping down on crunchy, raw vegetables is like biting into an all-natural toothbrush. The rough texture of these foods helps to scrub the surfaces of your teeth and remove plaque and trapped debris. Although vegetables are always a good choice in your diet, make sure to opt for raw veggies every day for the best dental health benefits. Cooked vegetables are too soft to get the job done.

Dairy Products
If you want healthy teeth, give yourself the nutrients your teeth and gums need. The calcium in dairy foods will help keep your teeth strong. Cheese contains a protein called casein that helps to protect the surfaces of teeth. In fact, dentists prescribe a paste that contains casein for patients who are having trouble with erosion. When selecting dairy products, be sure to go for low-fat varieties for the good of your overall health.

Sugar-Free Gum
Believe it or not, your dentist will back your gum chewing habit, as long as you pick the sugar-free kind. Sugar-free gum is good for your teeth in two ways. First of all, the chewing action and sticky surface of the gum help to clean debris and plaque out of your teeth. Additionally, xylitol, the artificial sweetener used in sugar-free gum, helps stop plaque on your teeth from metabolizing sugar. By stopping this process, you can also slow down the erosion that plaque causes.

What else should you be chewing on to support your dental health? Ask your Oak Creek Dental Care dentist for advice. In our Columbus, OH dental office, we provide general, cosmetic, and emergency dental care as well as IV sedation for nervous patients. Do you have concerns about your dental health? Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today by calling (614) 882-5525.

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