When it comes to preventing cavities, most patients know to avoid foods and drinks that contain high amounts of sugar or acids. However, did you know that there are certain foods and beverages that can benefit your smile, including some surprising choices that can actually protect your teeth against decay?
While you may not expect it, here are three foods that can deliver cavity-fighting powers to your smile:
Cheese. You’ve probably recognized milk for its role in keeping your bones and teeth strong, but cultured dairy products like cheese can also boost your smile health in multiple ways. Cheese can stimulate healthy saliva production to rinse away food debris, neutralize acids and help remineralize tooth enamel. In addition, cheese three minerals (calcium, casein and phosphorus) that have been proven to stop decay in its tracks.
Black & Green Teas. While you may shy away from tea due to its staining effects on your teeth, you may need to reconsider black and green tea for its ability to protect your dental health. These teas have high amounts of anti-oxidants to fight disease in your body and in your mouth, and black tea also delivers fluoride – a valued mineral for strengthening tooth enamel and preventing decay.
Chocolate. Surprise – yes chocolate contains multiple compounds that battle tooth decay. But don’t get too excited, the type of chocolate that is good for your teeth is unrefined (raw) cocoa and not the sweetened version that you find in your favorite candy bar.
The Best Way to Fight Decay
While we can certainly choose to fight or invite cavities by what we eat and drink, the most effective approach to preventing dental health problems is with routine dental cleanings and daily oral hygiene. At Park South Dentistry, we develop preventative dental care plans that are customized to each patient. No two smiles are alike – what does your smile need for better health? Call our New York office today to schedule your dental checkup!