As young children, it gets drummed in to us that chocolate equals sugar, which leads to cavities and fillings. And while there’s definitely an element of truth to this, eating chocolate doesn’t necessarily equate to a mouth full of cavities and a painful trip to the dentist. Recent studies even show that chocolate is less harmful than many other sweets because the antibacterial agents in cocoa beans lowers its high sugar levels. It all sounds too good to be true, so why not have a look into the science behind it? Although, even with science on our side, moderation is the key to everything. (more…)
Archive for July, 2017
When it comes to summer it really is party season. With many festivals, concerts and parties in abundance it really is time to let your hair down and enjoy the season. Summertime is often affiliated with pool parties and especially BBQ; as good as BBQ is, the food can play havoc with your teeth. Burgers, hot dogs, and ribs are a-plenty but can really get into the crevices of your teeth. Fortunately, there are other alternatives out there that are not only good for your teeth but, can also greatly benefit your health and well-being.
Cheese is high in calcium, which strengthens tooth enamel. Have some low-fat cheese cubes on hand to serve as everyday snacks or as appetizers at your summer parties. Try serving cheese with crackers, celery sticks or apple slices. Like cheese, yogurt is also high in calcium, making it a great teeth-friendly snack. Yogurt parfaits are great for summer parties and are easy to prepare. Simply place a few spoonful’s your favorite low-fat yogurt in a tall glass and sprinkle granola, strawberries, and blueberries on top.
Benefits of Fruit
Switch out sugary snacks for naturally sweet fruit. When you intake snacks full of processed sugar, the sugars cling to your teeth and begin to decay your tooth enamel, leading to cavities and aches. The natural sugars in your favorite fruits are not nearly as harmful. Apples are a convenient and healthy on-the-go snack that can satisfy your sweet tooth. Apples are high in fiber and water, with a texture that will stimulate the gums and ‘scrub’ your teeth. Many other fruits flourish in the summer season, resulting in a higher availability of juicy and sweet strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. These berries are full of vitamins and minerals. A small cup or baggie of berries can be a satisfying snack that will hold you over until your next meal.
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Most people are probably aware of certain beverages that stain your teeth, such as tea, coffee, and red wine. But you may not know that just as some foods and drinks cause dental stains, others help clean and whiten them naturally. They’re not as thoroughly effective as professional teeth whitening products, but they are a cheap alternative and a much healthier remedy that should leave you smiling!
- Strawberries: Strawberries can work wonders to whiten teeth, since they contain an enzyme called malic acid. Try mashing up strawberries and rubbing them on your teeth, leaving it for five minutes then rinsing with water and brushing and flossing as usual.
- Dairy products: Dairy products, such as yoghurt, milk, and cheese, contain lactic acid, which can help protect teeth against decay. Studies have found that kids who ate yogurt four times per week had less tooth decay than kids who didn’t eat yogurt. Proteins in yogurt can bind to teeth and prevent them from attack by harmful acids that cause cavities. Hard cheeses are best for whitening, since they help remove food particles as well.
- Fruit: Eating tart fruits such as oranges and pineapples cause the mouth to produce more saliva, which in turn washes teeth clean naturally. Beware of using lemons directly on teeth, because too much acidity can damage teeth.
- Baking Soda: Though not a food, baking soda functions as a teeth whitener in two ways. Firstly, because of its abrasive nature, baking soda removes built-up plaque on teeth and secondly, the alkaline powder in baking soda can help remove discolorations.
What to Avoid!
Though discoloration of teeth is a part of the aging process, some foods, and beverages, as well as smoking can drastically increase the rate of stains and discoloration. Many are aware that red wine leads to stains on your teeth, but white wine is actually worse. White wine contains more acidity than red, so drinking white wine makes your teeth more likely to absorb stains. Berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, cherries, although excellent for your overall health, can stain your teeth. So, be sure to rinse out your mouth thoroughly with water after eating to prevent drastic discoloration.
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