• Foods That Fight Tooth Decay


    November 8th, 2010adminarticles

    Tooth decay is something not to be taken lightly. It affects nearly 80% of the world population. Dental caries leads to worse dental conditions that will eventually leave you cringing in pain. But luckily, dental caries can be prevented easily, through proper oral hygiene, and of course, a sound dietary lifestyle.

    Cranberries, grapes, oranges, and even fruit-derived beverages are rich in polyphenols – a group of organic compounds known for their antioxidant attributes. Polyphenols significantly reduce the risk of acquiring tooth decay, as also reducing the risks of other life-threatening diseases, such as the many forms of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Polyphenols are basically the backbone of any antioxidant in fruits and vegetables, and other medicinal plants. It’s important to intake food and beverages rich in polyphenols on a daily basis.

    Not only that, fruits and vegetables rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals help the mouth fend off gum diseases. Fruits and vegetables are actually equal substitutes for meat, as they contain non-heme iron, half of the amount of heme iron we get from animal sources. However, not all foods contain iron, and some foods and drinks are not intended to eaten together with iron-rich sources. Inhibitors of iron – or blockers of iron absorption – include milk, egg white, apples, any tea variant, and protein-rich foods. Your mother was right in telling you not to drink milk and fruit juice simultaneously.

    But don’t leave out fish and meat. Meatatarians who love eating fish meat and red meat are getting their daily dose of heme irons. Meat is also rich in minerals and zinc (that helps in digestion),

    If you’re an exclusive consumer of meat, vegetables – or both, you’ll always find that natural foods, unlike processed foods, are richer and healthier, and if you’ve been on the public market on some time, cheaper than any canned good.

    A long-forgotten contributor of healthy teeth is cheese. Cheese, though its variants may sometimes be bland in taste, is the better complement of toothpaste, as it neutralizes the acids left by the meal you’ve previously ingested, reducing the chances of abrased (or yellowed) teeth caused by untimely brushing of teeth.

    And finally, invest on whole-grain foods: they give you generous amounts energy. And, get this: previously examined skulls of people whose dependency on whole-grain products have been found to have none to moderate wear on their teeth. Eating cereal, bread, pasta, and flour pastries do not promise to give you much needed minerals, but they do one good job in preventing your teeth from being damaged in the slightest way.

    But the most important habit to mind is to always brush and floss your teeth 15 minutes after every meal. Always bring toothpicks when you eat outside to clog out the debris stuck in between teeth.

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