Everyone should want to prevent cavities – because the word “cavity” is nothing anyone wants to hear when they’re sitting in a dentist’s chair. In fact, the only thing a patient wants to hear less is the sound of a drill.
With this in mind, it only makes sense to want to prevent cavities as much as possible so that you won’t need the help of our dentists in Garden Grove to prevent any more serious dental issues.
So first, which foods should you avoid?
Naturally, it’s a smart idea to avoid processed sugar, because sugar activates plaque – which will generally eat away at the enamel of your teeth for 20 or 30 minutes after you’ve even. But it’s also important to make sure you limit phytic acid, which is an enzyme inhibitor and mineral blocker prevalent in beans, grains, nuts, and seeds. It’s important to minimize this because it prevents your body from absorbing minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc – all minerals your body uses to strengthen your teeth. Unfortunately, we can hardly expect patients to cut so many staple ingredients out of their diets. Fortunately for anyone that loves beans, bread, or grain (which is pretty much everyone), you cut down on phytic acids by fermenting (such as with sour dough bread) or sprouting the ingredients.
Foods you should get a lot of
Some of the best food to focus on for healthier teeth is the very same stuff you should gravitate towards if you’re trying to lose weight and stay healthy – green leafy vegetables that help mineralize your teeth. On top of this (for non-vegans), you can eat plenty of raw dairy, eggs, bone broth, and fish for healthier teeth.
There are some supplements you can take too…
Sometimes it can be tough to get everything your body needs. That’s why supplements can be a great addition to your diet (but you should always talk to your doctor before introducing anything new). For your teeth, the following supplements can help fight decay:
- Vitamin D
- Cod liver oil
- Probiotics: streptococcus salivarius can be taken to help prevent the spread of bacteria that causes stinky breath, strep throat, and tooth decay.
Could your teeth use a helping hand? Our dentists in the Anaheim area have served countless patients of all ages. Looking for a great dentist near Garden Grove? Contact our team today.