Keeping your teeth and gums healthy can be tricky, and Dr. Alex Hawkins wants to help Midlothian residents get their mouths in tip-top shape. Here are five foods that can improve your dental health and may even help you avoid costly procedures such as implants, fillings, and more.
The evil villain in many dental scenarios is plaque. And foods cause plaque, right? But did you know that some foods can actually help remove plaque from your teeth? Celery, along with carrots and apples, has the ability to get some stains and plaque off of your teeth before they cause problems for your oral health.
There has been a lot of publicity lately about yogurt’s ability to improve digestion, but those same bacteria are now believed to keep you from having bad breath. Research has also shown that yogurt eaters are less likely to suffer from both tooth loss and periodontal or gum disease. Now that’s something anyone in Midlothian can get excited about!
Preliminary studies show that this fruit may increase antioxidant activity in the mouth, as well as possibly decreasing the amount of cavity-forming bacteria. Although testing is still in the early stages, Dr. Alex Hawkins suggests adding some fresh pomegranate to your diet every once in a while. However, try to avoid the juice which may not be as beneficial because of its sugar content.
Studies show that cheese can help keep your teeth healthy in a number of ways. Its texture increases the amount of saliva in your mouth, which is one of the main factors in fighting cavities. Additionally, its mineral contents and nutrients such as calcium, phosphorous and protein can help neutralize the negative effects of plaque.
This and other greens may create a barrier for stains by leaving an invisible film over your teeth. A good idea could be to eat a salad with some of these leafy veggies before indulging in tooth-staining beverages such as wine or cranberry juice.
If you have questions about any of these foods, or anything else concerning your mouth, please contact Dr. Alex Hawkins in Midlothian, VA and schedule an appointment with Hawkins Family Dentistry today!