What Foods Prevent Cavities? These ideas may be your new Dental Cavity
Prevention Plan. You can save money with shorter dental visits.
No one enjoys going to the dentist. Since early times before anesthetics were developed, people had their rotted-out teeth painfully removed since there were no other dental procedures available. There were no filling materials, nor numbing agents and root canals, designed to save a tooth had not even been thought up yet, so a toothache was treated by inflicting even more pain with extractions of the affected tooth, after the patient swigged enough spirits to guarantee total inebriation. Even with modern high-speed drills, going to the dentist to have cavities fixed and fillings placed, is not exactly a party. Besides the unpleasantness, lengthy dental visits can be time-consuming and draining on the wallet.
There are ways; however you can prevent dental "caries", the medical term for the cavities or holes that decay-loving germs create in teeth. If you get a report of "cavities" each time that you or your child visits the dentist, these methods may help. You'll have better dental check ups by eating certain foods and avoiding or cutting down on others. Let's look at the beneficial foods that fall into two camps: "Detergent" foods and Fatty foods. Both of these can prevent dental cavities.
In your Cavity Prevention Plan, are detergent foods that have nothing to do with soap or even tooth paste. They refer to the cleansing properties of fibrous foods that mechanically scrub the debris off tooth surfaces. This in turn, prevents dental cavities from forming. Included are crunchy apples and pears and a host of raw vegetables such as celery, zucchini, lettuce, cucumbers and carrots.
Besides gently abrading the teeth, these fruits and vegetables contain nutrients and water which aids in dissolving food particles and makes it less inviting for plaque to adhere to teeth. Plaque is the sticky stuff that turns into tartar which the hygienist scrapes off every time we get a cleaning. Because one of the components of plaque is bacteria, its presence contributes to the formation of dental cavities.
Next in your dental Cavity Prevention Plan are fatty foods which include calcium-rich hard cheese such as Cheddar and Swiss. Plain chocolate makes the grade with elements that deter bacteria from adhering to teeth and dark chocolate gets extra points with its Magnesium content. Finally, nuts such as almonds, filberts, cashews and Brazil nuts, coat the crevices on the chewing surface of teeth to prevent dental cavities from forming.
Nuts are also filled with all kinds of minerals such as calcium and phosphorous which aid in re-mineralizing the enamel in teeth. Hard cheese also has this ability to re-mineralize. A tooth surface with a healthy protective enamel coating is less likely to form dental cavities.
Unfortunately, eating detergent and fatty foods, brushing and flossing are not going to guarantee all the benefits of this Cavity Prevention Plan if you are drinking sugary sodas and juices and munching on potato chips throughout the day. There's one more ingredient for success and it's called the pH. That's the degree of acidity found in saliva which bathes both teeth and gums.
The neutral "seven"
Normal or neutral pH measures at or near seven on a pH scale that ranges from 1 to 14. Hiding between teeth and within their pits and grooves are cavity-forming bacteria which thrive on acid-forming foods. The foods that create an acid environment may come as a surprise. Starches including cookies, breads and crackers, tend to lower the pH of the saliva and the acidic conditions that result, erode the enamel and lead to dental cavities. The lower pH provides a comfy environment for bacteria to inhabit. So what is there to do? The trick is to follow up consumption of starchy foods at mealtimes with the detergent foods. An example would be to have an apple or some raw carrots with or after that sandwich and to be sure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day to dilute the saliva.
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