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By Dr. Ellison
March 27, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: enamel   teeth   gums   saliva   tooth decay  

Here are some of my go-to food and drink choices that maximize nutrients for our bodies and our teeth. They all offer benefits to build healthier teeth and gums, prevent tooth decay and fight infection by neutralizing harmful acids, providing vitamins and minerals for tooth enamel and stimulating saliva production.

  • Cheese

Things like breads, citrus, sugary sweets produce acid-causing tooth decay. Eating cheese, which is high in calcium, raises the pH level in our mouths and can counteract that acid erosion.

  • Fatty Fish

My personal favorite, salmon, contains plenty of vitamin D which helps the teeth, gums and body absorb much-needed calcium.

  • High Fiber Vegetables and Fruit

The fiber in vegetables and fruit acts like tiny scrub brushes and promotes saliva production, discouraging plaque buildup. Vegetables and fruits also have a high water content which aids in hydration.

  • Xylitol

While not a food by itself, xylitol is a sweetener found in sugarless gum that fights tooth decay by killing bad bacteria. Chewing gum increases saliva which prevents both tooth decay and bad breath.

  • Green Tea

Admittedly I do not drink tea much, because I favor coffee. Green tea, however, contains polyphenol antioxidants which interact with and kill plaque-forming bacteria. Those bad bacteria feed on the sugars in your mouth, but  the polyphenols in the tea prevent the forming of acids from those bacteria that destroy tooth enamel.

  • Leafy Greens

Another personal favorite of mine that I eat daily. Kale, spinach, romaine for example contain folic acid and again, the calcium. Folic acid purportedly helps with gum disease.

  • Almonds

Almonds are an excellent source of calcium, vitamin E, magnesium and fiber. Vitamin E is said to help reduce gum pain and inflammation.

  • Yogurt

Preferably whole-fat Greek yogurt. The good bacteria from probiotics are not only excellent for your digestive tract, but they also protect your mouth against gum disease by countering the bad bacteria. Yogurt is another great source of calcium.

According to the American Dental Association, oral health is one of the first clear areas affected by a poor diet. Sugars cause cavities, tooth decay and gut inflammation, in addition to harming overall immune system. You can start by making small changes that add up. By making better choices we can improve our oral and overall health and encourage our bodies to heal naturally.

 

By Dr. Ellison
September 27, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: saliva   salivary glands   mouth  
  1. Saliva is made up of mostly water and also contains substances to help your body digest food.

  2. It keeps your mouth moist.

  3. Saliva allows you to taste, chew and swallow.

  4. It fights germs and prevents bad breath.

  5. Saliva contains some proteins and minerals that protect your tooth enamel and prevent gum disease and tooth decay.

  6. Your salivary glands are located inside each cheek, near the front teeth.

  7. The body produces about two to four  pints of saliva each day on average.

  8. Some people have medical conditions in which they produce too much (hypersalivation) or not enough (xerostomia) saliva. For a slightly dry mouth, be sure to drink plenty of water and try chewing sugar-free gum.


 

If you experience excessive amounts of saliva or a very dry mouth, please ask Dr. Ellison about some possible solutions.