Regardless of where you live in the country, everyone needs to see someone for the care of his or her teeth. Whether it's a Dallas dentists or anywhere else, a smile is worth a thousand words. There's another old saying that goes something like, "An Apple a day keeps the dentist away", but this isn't the complete picture. There's a whole host of foods that are excellent for, not only your body, but also your smile. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental care and checkups are important but there are things you can add to your daily diet that well help you keep your mouth free from cavities and germs.
Having a healthy smile isn't easy, especially with all of the fatty and sugary foods that we're inundated with on a constant basis. Eating these types of foods isn't just bad for our teeth but also our bodies. If you want a beautiful smile then you probably already know that Plaque is enemy number one but you may not know that, besides apples, there are many foods and beverages that do an excellent job, in not better, at fighting and removing all the types of bacteria and germs that plague out teeth. Some of these power foods are listed below.
GREEN TEA, also know as camellia sinesis, is a beverage that is loaded with a wonderful little bacteria-killing substance called catechins. More specifically, it kills the bacterium that turns sugar into plaque. Plaque is a culmination of sugars, proteins, and fats that build up on your teeth over the day and causes cavities and tooth decay. Catechin kills this and has the added benefit of killing the germ that causes bad breath. It's recommended that you drink around 2 to 5 cups of this daily. Since this is a high amount of liquid you'll probably want to go for the decaffeinated kind.
WASABI is a kind of Japanese horseradish and is often used as a spicy condiment for sushi and other foods. This spicy little number also protects your teeth. It's the very same substance, called isothiocyanates, which makes wasabi so spicy that also inhibits the growth of cavity causing bacteria. Now it's not recommended that you eat it everyday since it is so spicy. This isn't a great choice for people who deal with heartburn or indigestion, but if you do like a little spice to your meals, then try applying a small amount it to your food a few times a week. It will help protect your mouth from cavities and keep your smile pristine.
WATER's myriad benefits seem endless and it's one of the best ways to keep your mouth germ free. It hydrates the gums, which is really important, and stimulates saliva, which is your body's greatest weapon against bacteria that causes plaque and cavities. Rinsing your mouth with water also helps clear away-trapped food particles that get stuck in your mouth and decompose, which also causes bad breath. Try drinking, the doctor recommended, six 8oz glasses of water a day. It will keep you and your mouth hydrated and body healthy.
There are many methods of cavity and bacteria prevention and these tips aren't a way to keep from seeing a dentist. You should try out these pieces of advice while concurrently seeking the care of a professional dentist. Ask your doctor about other preventative measures you can take for a more comprehensive approach towards the care of your gums and teeth.