Chew on This: Foods for Healthy Teeth | Endodontist Egg Harbor Township

Endodontist Egg Harbor Township

No time to brush or floss your teeth? When brushing or flossing isn’t convenient, you can still keep your mouth feeling fresh by eating certain foods. When you’re on the go or in a hurry, try grabbing one of these foods to munch on to help fight plaque and keep your teeth healthy. 

Cheese provides several benefits for your teeth, such as preserves and rebuilds tooth enamel, prevents plaque and balances your mouth’s acidity level. It also helps to produce saliva, which kills the bacteria that cause tooth decay and  gum disease. 

Tea contains polyphenols, which slows the growth of bacteria associated with tooth decay  and gum disease. It prevents the bacteria in your mouth from turning sugar into plaque.  Tea also fights the bacteria that cause bad breath. 

Crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as apples, carrots and celery, require extra chewing  which produces saliva. Saliva helps to neutralize bacteria that cause tooth decay. Also,  chewing on naturally abrasive foods removes stuck food particles, massages gums and  cleans between teeth. 

Vitamin-rich foods containing calcium and phosphorus can help keep tooth enamel strong  and healthy. Acidic foods may cause tiny lesions on tooth enamel. Calcium and phosphate  help redeposit minerals back into these lesions. 

Sugarless gum contains xylitol that helps to prevent plaque and aids in producing saliva.  Chewing sugarless gum also keeps your breath smelling fresh. 

Raisins contain phytochemicals, which fights bacteria that causes tooth decay. Some  compounds in raisins also affect the growth of bacteria that is associated with gum disease. 

Water is the best way to stimulate saliva, which is your body’s greatest defense against  bacteria that cause plaque and cavities. If you can’t brush after eating, rinse your mouth  with water to assist in preventing tooth decay. 

It is important to have a balanced diet for your oral and overall health. While these foods  help to combat plaque buildup and tooth decay, no food can take the place of daily brushing  and flossing. It is vital to continue your daily oral hygiene regimen and keep up with  regular scheduled appointment with our TOWN dentist.

Elite Endodontics of Egg Harbor
Phone: (609) 485-2100
3069 English Creek Ave STE 101
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234