Food Play An Important Role In Dental Care Field


In a previous article, Foods That Are Bad For Your Teeth, I reviewed three broad categories of foods that can be detrimental to your dental health. These were sugars and sweeteners, low fat foods, and foods that contain white, especially bleached, flour.


With this article I would like to spend some time diamond polishing tool talking about an area that I feel receives entirely too little attention – whether by patients, or dentists, for that matter. Possibly, this comes about for the simple reason that by the time many patients arrive at the dentist they are looking for resolution of a specific problem. In this sense, the market has conditioned both patients and doctors into focusing upon the end-game. This has its place and fills a need. Patients who are in pain do not generally want to hear about what they should be eating – they want to handle their pain. Yet, knowing what foods can repair teeth may be a key element in establishing their future long-term dental stability.


In today’s economic climate, health care has undergone many challenges and the consumer has been faced with high medical and dental costs. Consequently, health care is not infrequently reserved for the handling of emergencies. This is actually counter-productive, as emergency dental care is also expensive. Couple this with efforts by the patient to reduce costs, and the “treatment” may be a decision to remove the offending tooth. Later, when the patient starts to regret his choice and seeks tooth replacements, he may find that replacement costs are many times more than had they handled the problem once discovered.


Onions – The antibacterial effect of an onion’s natural compounds has a toxic effect on bacteria on teeth surfaces, and inside the mouth; fighting these bacteria decreases the chances of tooth decay from developing. The antibacterial properties of onions are more potent when they are eaten raw, so you may want to postpone a social activity right after enjoying the onion’s bacteria-fighting power.


Kiwi – Rich in Vitamin C, Kiwi helps in ensuring that gums stay healthy to support teeth. Other fruits that are high in Vitamin C (and promote healthy gums) include guava, strawberries, and apples. Milk and Unsweetened Yogurt – Both are good sources of calcium that keeps teeth and bones strong, and healthy. Cheese – Being a dairy product, cheese is also high in calcium, which keeps bones and teeth strong. Cheese has a neutralising effect because of its alkali pH, and helps fight bacteria that cause cavities.


Celery – Chewing on somewhat tough celery stalks is just like brushing your teeth, and can promote better production of saliva that can wash away food particles from tooth surfaces. Sesame Seeds – High in calcium, sesame seeds act as a natural exfoliator that scrape away plaque and food particles from teeth surfaces. Nuts – Snacking on nuts helps ensure that your body is supplied with essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphate; these minerals are important in keeping teeth strong and healthy.