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Three Ways You Can Fight Tooth Decay

  • June 21, 2015

Good day, Holly! Welcome back to the regular blog from the office of Holly Dental Care. We use this exciting and convenient forum to keep the people of Holly, MI in the know on matters of oral health and dental care. Our teeth are so much a part of our everyday lives and routines that they are sometimes easy to take for granted. That is why we like to take some time to remind you how important it is to practice strong oral hygiene routines and to make wise decisions about the food you eat.

You have had the importance of brushing and flossing hammered into you since you were old enough to hold a toothbrush. So, we won’t spend anymore time on that, not in this blog, anyway. Instead, we want to focus on things that might not be so obvious. For instance, in the last blog we wrote about how chewing sugarless gum flavored with xylitol can help prevent tooth decay, especially after meals.

Here are some other things you should consider when making choices concerning oral health:

The Sugar/Acid Combo Is Disastrous for Your Teeth

We all know how bad sugar is for your teeth. And the dangers of food acid has been well established, too. But the most dangerous thing for your teeth is to put the two together. Unfortunately, you will find sugar and acid together in a lot of otherwise healthy foods, like citrus.

It is easy to say avoid sugary sodas to protect your teeth. You can go your whole life with having a soda and be just fine. But you can’t really say that about fruit. You really need to have fruit as a part of your diet, despite the dangers their sugar and acid poses to your teeth. The important thing is to be aware of the risks they present and counter them with healthy oral hygiene.

Many people have the misconception that healthy foods are healthy all around, but that is not the case. What is good for your immune system may not be good for your teeth, and vice versa. So, you need to be aware of the effects of the food you eat, and act accordingly.

Drink Plenty of Water

There is probably nothing more important for your health in general than staying hydrated. In fact, one of the reasons drinking sodas and juices are so bad for your oral health is simply that they are not water. Water is so effective at fighting the various causes of tooth decay that drinking it can actually reverse the negative effects of other foods and beverages.

Water washes food debris and sugar out of your mouth, while neutralizing acid and fighting bacteria. It also keeps your body hydrated so you can produce plenty of saliva, which also fight dental caries.

Avoid Chewable Vitamins

Vitamin supplements can be very beneficial to your overall health, including oral health, but you have to be careful about how you take them. Chewable vitamins and vitamin gummies are an increasingly popular form of supplement. Some people have trouble swallowing pills, so this alternative makes it easier for them to get the additional nutrients they need.

The problem with chewables and gummies is that they are often flavored with sugar, as are many powdered shakes. This essential makes them slightly more healthy candy. Gummies, especially, are dangerous for your teeth because they are so sticky.

If for whatever reason, you need to take chewable vitamins, then make sure you follow them up with a large glass of water. As we mentioned above, water is wonderful at negating the negative effects otherwise health food has on your teeth.

And as always, don’t forget to come visit us at Holly Dental Care for regular cleanings and examinations.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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