If you’ve ever had a cavity, you know that they can be either very uncomfortable or incredibly sneaky – waiting patiently to strike and cause pain at the worst possible moment.
What you might not know about cavities is that they’re perfectly preventable – and they’re entirely dependant on a few key variables, including:
- The bacteria that makes up your mouth’s micro-biome: including the good and the bad
- Your saliva and what its made of: everyone’s is different
- And your diet: which is what we’re going to talk about today
When these three elements come together in your mouth – they can either prevent or produce cavities.
But your diet isn’t just responsible for creating cavities. It can also influence your mouth’s ability to fight and prevent them, such as the vital nutrients needed to support the re-mineralization of your teeth.
So what can you eat to fight cavities?
While you probably already know that you need to avoid sugary and acidic foods to prevent cavities – you might now know what you need to eat to actually fight them. These include:
For many years, calcium has been known to help support dental health by stimulating saliva production and re-mineralization.
Vitamin D is used for a lot by the body. But in general, it’s used to support your body’s ability to absorb all of the calcium and phosphorous it needs. If you’re working to get more calcium and phosphorous in your body – you’ll also need vitamin D to ensure that they’re even capable of being put to use.
Like calcium, magnesium is used for a lot of purposes in your body. And also like calcium – magnesium is very useful when it comes to the re-mineralization process because of the way it helps regulate nutrients like calcium and phosphorous. Combined with other vitamins like K12 – which also helps support and regulate the levels of various minerals and nutrients in your body – it becomes very clear that there’s a delicate balance of substances that play into your dental health. As a patient (and a human) it’s your task to try and make sure your body gets what it needs.
Long story short: it isn’t all about brushing and flossing. Just like working out in the gym is only a small part of getting that six-pack that you’ve always wanted. Diet is the key. And the same goes for your teeth.
Have a question about your teeth? Or maybe you’re having trouble with cavities? Our dentists in the Anaheim area have the tools, resources, and expertise to help. If you’re in the area, contact us today to learn about new patient specials.