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6 Natural Cavity Fighters

6 Natural Cavity Fighters

6 ways to help prevent tooth decay…

When it comes to fighting cavities, brushing and flossing twice daily should be at the top of everyone’s list. But maintaining a regular cleaning routine is not the only way you can help combat cavities, the foods and drinks you eat and how you consume them, can also be factors of tooth decay, so it’s a good idea to brush up on your knowledge about food that are actually good for the teeth.

6 ways to prevent cavities

6 Ways To Prevent Cavities

1. Cheese

Some researchers believe that eating cheese can help prevent tooth decay. This is because cheese contains a protein called casein, which appears to promote calcium levels in the mouth.

Shawn Frawley, DDS, a dentist in private practice in Beverly Hills, Calif., said:

“Research has shown that calcium levels in the mouth increase after eating cheese. Teeth are partly made up of calcium, so increased saliva calcium levels helps re-mineralize teeth and prevent cavities from occurring.”

2. Chewing Gum

Often touted as a healthy way to freshen the breath chewing gum that contains Xylitol, a natural sugar substitute, has been shown to prevent cavities.

Dr. Frawley, explained:

“Xylitol is a very effective cavity fighter and prevents decay from occurring. [It] helps prevent cavities because bacteria that cause tooth decay cannot utilize it to grow and cannot metabolize it to produce acid. Xylitol is most effective in gum or mint form and should be consumed three to five times daily for a total of 5 grams per day. It is important that it is the first listed ingredient to ensure the amount is sufficient.”

3. Candy

Once made purely of sugar, most modern hard candy now contains xylitol. Since xylitol helps prevent the bacteria that cause tooth decay from growing, treating yourself to a sweet snack can also help keep cavities at bay.

4. Wine

Often blamed for staining the teeth, one study suggests that red and white wine actually contains chemical components that can actively fight bacteria that lead to tooth decay. However, the results are far from conclusive and experts such as Matthew Hyde, DDS, a dentist in private practice on Long Island, N.Y., are quick to warn that:

“Just because you have isolated an individual chemical that may retard decay in a closed system, the mouth is far from a closed system, and it is important to consider the way these chemicals interact with the biofilm that surrounds each tooth.”

5. Raisins

Another snack that has often received much blame for causing tooth decay, it turns out that raisins are actually like wine; they contain chemicals which help prevent cavities. But since research is still limited, whether or not the benefits out way the negative effects of eating such a sweet sticky food, is still up for debate.

6. Drinking Through A Straw

Many may have learnt this whilst growing up at school; drinking through a straw helps prevent tooth decay because the liquid you’re drink bypasses the teeth and goes straight down the throat.

Nevertheless experts still advice that drinking sweet carbonated sodas is not good for the teeth, straw or no straw.

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  1. 7 Surprising Cavity Fighters. Everyday Health, 2012.

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