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Foods Beneficial and Harmful to Oral Hygiene

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Eating patterns and food choices among children and teens are important factors that affect how quickly youngsters may develop tooth decay. Bacteria (Plaque) thrive on the starches and sugars that are found in a great deal of foods. When bacteria in the mouth comes in contact with foods high in starch and sugars it converts the sugars from the foods, and it’s the acids that begin to attack the enamel on teeth, starting the decay process. To prevent cavities and maintain good oral health, your diet – what you eat and how often you eat – are important factors. According to the American Dental Association, the acid attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or more. Another issue that results from bad eating habits is bad breath. Changes in your mouth start the minute you eat certain foods. The more often you eat and snack, the more frequently you are exposing your teeth to the cycle of decay.

The Harmful side of foods

Many dentists are concerned that their patients are consuming record numbers of sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, and non-nutritious snacks that affect their teeth. These items generally have little if any nutritional value and over time they can take a toll on teeth. The main attacking food Poor food choices include candy – including lollipops, hard candies, and mints – cookies, cakes, pies, breads, muffins, potato chips, pretzels, French fries, bananas, raisins, and other dried fruits. These foods contain copious amounts of sugar and/or can stick to teeth, providing a fuel source for bacteria. In addition, cough drops must be used only when necessary as they, like sugary candy, contribute to tooth decay since they continuously coat the teeth with sugar. Also limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade, and coffee or tea with added sugar. Also, avoid day-long sipping of sugar-containing drinks because day-long sipping exposes your teeth to constant sugar and, in turn, constant decay-causing acids.  Some doubled refined food products like White flour and wheat flour are harmful for the teeth. Bread, crackers, cookies, doughnuts, breakfast cereals, muffins, pastries, tortillas, bagels, and sandwiches should be avoided, even if they are brought from the health food store, or are organically labeled. This is because the more refined the food product is the more harm it can bring for your teeth.

Which foods can you benefit from eating?

The best food choices for the health of your mouth include cheeses, chicken or other meats, nuts, and milk. These foods are viewed to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus necessary to remineralize teeth (a natural process through which minerals are redeposited in tooth enamel after being removed by acids). Other food choices include firm/crunchy fruits (for example, apples and pears) and vegetables. These foods have a high water content, which dilutes the consequences of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva (which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid). Acidic foods, like citrus fruits, tomatoes, and lemons, ought to be eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize the acid from them. Another beneficial food is green tea because it contains polyphenol antioxidant plant compounds that reduce plaque, cavities, and gum disease. Green tea may also reduce bad breath and strengthen the tooth enamel because of its high fluoride content.

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