During the holiday season it is tough to keep all of our typical routines in check. Avoiding sugary sweets and regular brushing and flossing top the list of steps to take to avoid tooth decay, but other lifestyle habits, and even some foods and beverages, play a role in cavity prevention, too. Work some of these little tricks into your regular and pass those dental appointments with flying colors!
Cheese. Some researchers believe that casein, a protein found in cheese, may have a protective property that promotes healthy teeth and could help with cavity prevention.
Chewing gum. Chewing sugar-free gum has long been recommended to avoid cavities. And sugar-free gum made with xylitol, a natural sugar substitute, seems to be even more of a winner.
Wine. It may cause stains on your teeth, but one study suggests that many of the individual chemical components in both red and white wine can actively fight the bacteria that lead to tooth decay and cavities.
Raisins. Scientists have found that some of the chemicals present in raisins, including polyphenols and flavonoids, may actively fight oral bacteria that lead to cavities.
Using a straw. A study at Temple University in Philadelphia discovered that you can minimize damage to healthy teeth by sipping that soda through a straw.
Dental sealants. To prevent tooth decay, many dentists recommend dental sealants, a protective coating that’s applied to the surface of the back teeth.
Good oral and dental hygiene can help you avoid cavities and tooth decay, but these six cavity fighters will also make sure your mouth is as clean and healthy as possible in between dental checkups.
For further information regarding cavity prevention, call Dr. Leo J. Kituskie, DMD for an appointment today at (302) 994-4900. Visit our website to learn more at implantperiocare.com.
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