Healthy Teeth Starts At Your Refrigerator

Oftentimes, we don't consider what we eat as affecting our dental health, but food that you digest (even healthy ones) can impact your oral hygiene. So why not use that food to your benefit to improve your dental health?  

Dairy Products

Milk is at the top of the list with its role of protecting your teeth from damage. Some of the acids produced by bacterial plaque are reduced by milk. Unfortunately, you must be sure to clean your teeth before you lay down. If not, the milk may linger and cause extensive damage.


Crunchy Foods such as carrots or apples are good for producing a good saliva flow, which aids in protecting your teeth from acid. Acidic foods create sugars which can damage your teeth. A healthy amount of saliva can help prevent some of the sugary buildup on your teeth.

Raisins provide natural sweetness and do not contain sucrose or sugar.  They do contain phytochemicals, which have been reported to kill plaque bacteria. Raisins may also affect the bacterial growth associated with gum disease.

Cranberries affect the teeth in much the same way as raisins. Research has noted they could hinder glucan, the beginning stages of plaque. The harmful bacteria would have no place to go without the plaque.

Tea Can Help Your Teeth?

Tea contains polyphenols, (found in green and black teas), and have slowed down the bacteria leaguing with gum disease and cavities. Studies have shown people rinsing 10 times a day, for one minute with plain (unsweetened) black tea, had less buildup than others using just water.

Natural Teeth Stain Removals

If you are having issues with whitening products and procedures, look no further. Use a natural choice.

Many people find lemons help remove stains, but an orange peel can produce less enamel damage. Rub the white side of an orange peel over all your teeth. It would be wise to choose an organically grown product for this procedure to eliminate the risk of ingesting pesticides. Try this twice a week (no more) so you do not damage the enamel. Use water to rinse away the neutralized acid. Wait for 30 minutes before you brush your teeth.

Another good home remedy is using ½ teaspoon of baking soda and some pureed strawberries. Spread it over your teeth with a toothbrush and leave it for five minutes. Rinse, brush, and floss your teeth to be sure you have removed all the seeds. Use this mixture two times each week.

Many good food choices are in your refrigerator that can help improve your dental health. Hopefully this list will help you make good decisions for your teeth and your continued good health. For further assistance, contact a local dentist, such as one from Associates For Family Dentistry.