Reasons Why You Have Bad Breath

If you suffer from bad breath or breath odor, the one thing you should know is that you aren’t alone. But it also doesn’t mean you just ignore it. There are several possible causes for this condition and the good news is all of them can be addressed and ultimately avoided. Probably the reason why you still have that awful breath of yours is because you’re totally clueless as to where you’re getting it.

Bad breath is the ultimate turnoff.

1 – The first and most common cause of bad breath is the inability to brush and floss regularly. Regular in this case means doing it every day and at least twice each day. The reason why this needs to be done on a mundane basis is because every single time you put food in your mouth, be it liquid or solid, there will instantly be a collection of bacteria. Bacteria are the reason for bad breath. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, the food particles trapped in between your teeth, those on the tongue, as well as around the gums will turn into rotting junk inside your mouth, thereby producing a very bad odor.

2 – In connection to the first cause, bad breath also comes from the kind of food you eat. While there are those that actually promote pleasant breath and healthy teeth and gums like apples and vegetables, there are others that will ruin your breath if you always eat them and always forget to rinse, brush, and floss. The list includes garlic and onions. If you smoke tobacco, you likely will have bad breath, too. What really happens is that when the food is absorbed into your bloodstream, it will be transferred to the lungs and is expelled by breathing.

3 – Another possible reason for your unpleasant breath is a condition called “xerostomia.” Well, it’s actually commonly known as dry mouth and will happen once you have an abnormally low production of saliva in your mouth. Saliva is there for good reason – it serves as the cleanser o the mouth and works by removing any food debris or tiny particles that contribute to the production of bad odor. People suffer from dry mouth due to salivary gland problems, taking of specific drugs and medication, and breathing through the mouth.

4 – Finally, you may not be aware of it but bad breath could be a sign of a more serious medical condition or illness. For instance, infections in your respiratory tract or illnesses like postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic bronchitis, and chronic sinusitis can all lead to bad breath. Likewise a kidney and/or liver problem can cause bad odor in your breath, too.

To know more about what could possibly be the cause of your bad breath, the best and smartest course of action is visiting the dentist. In fact, bad breath in its entirety could be prevented right before it happens if you only schedule regular dentist appointments. Not a lot of people love the idea of going to the dentist but the only way to ensure good dental and oral health is to see the dentist.

Reasons Why You Have Bad Breath

Top Things to Know About Gum Disease

According to the World Health Organization, one in four adult individuals suffer from a certain type of bacterial infection, which in turn results to the development of gum disease. For most of us, we don’t really care about that number because we don’t feel like we suffer from any kind of gum problem. However, the difficult and scary thing about it is that the signs don’t normally show up until it’s too late. Therefore, it really makes a lot of sense if you allow yourself to learn the things about the disease, the purpose of which is to figure out if you’re already suffering from it. If not, you can use the information to prevent it from happening to you.

Let’s kick-off our discussion with this video from Colgate:

Now let’s dig in a little deeper. This time, see this information we got from MouthHealthy.org discussing the warning signs.

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

Here are some warning signs that can signal a problem:

  • gums that bleed easily
  • red, swollen, tender gums
  • gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • any change in the fit of partial dentures

But there’s more to this article than just the warning signs. So please read the rest of it here.

We bet you now realize that the main cause of losing teeth in adults is gum disease. And as we said earlier, the most obvious reason why most people don’t know they have it is because it does not come with pain. So what’s the best thing to do? It’s obviously visiting the dentist. A dental professional will be able to do a comprehensive examination of your teeth and will figure out if you have gum disease.

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Meanwhile, in the article “5 Things You Should Know About Gum Disease” from Listerine.com, there is more information provided about the possible causes treatment, and prevention.

What Causes Gingivitis?

The most common causes are improper oral home care and improper technique. When brushing, flossing and rinsing don’t occur daily, leftover bacteria builds and forms a thick film known as plaque, which can lead to tartar and break down teeth over time.

Can You Prevent Gingivitis?

Getting into a good, solid mouth-cleaning routine that involves brushing and rinsing twice daily, plus daily flossing, can reverse the early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. Scheduling regular six-month dental checkups is also key to keeping your mouth healthy and clean, as tartar buildup is something only professional tools used at the dentist’s office can remove.

How Is Gingivitis Treated?

The most crucial step in treating gingivitis is to not ignore symptoms that may seem harmless, such as a little blood in the sink when you floss and brush, and/or irritated gums that look red and/or swollen. If these symptoms appear, make an appointment to check in with your dentist to identify the cause and to get your teeth and gums assessed. Your dentist may recommend an improved daily home-care regimen for your teeth, including adding antiseptic mouthwash to your routine. If pockets of bacteria have formed around the teeth and gums are beginning to pull away from the teeth, a deep cleaning with your dentist or periodontist (a dentist who specializes in gum disease) may be suggested. The good news is that this early, mild stage of gum disease is preventable. That said, if it goes untreated and ignored, gingivitis can develop into advanced stage gum disease (periodontitis), which is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.

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Since you already have enough information about gum disease, it’s about time to visit your dentist. It’s not something that you just do when you’re compelled to. It has to be done on a regular basis to make sure you’re preventing teeth and gum problems like gum disease.

Top Things to Know About Gum Disease

Dental/Oral Health Symptoms You Cannot Afford to Ignore

There is a very good reason why everyone, including you, must visit the dentist regularly. That’s because even if you are so meticulous and dedicated in keeping your teeth, gums, and your mouth in general clean and healthy, there are those times when something’s wrong and you have no clue about it. You see, good oral health is made of two parts: one is those things you routinely do at home to take care of your teeth and gums and the other is when you go to the dentist to have regular dental check-ups. Those two are indispensable parts of a whole. It means you must do both, not just one.

Going to the dentist allows you to figure out if something is wrong. There are signs that you already might be aware of but you don’t have a clue what they mean or imply. Take this article as your friendly guide in determining those dental/oral health symptoms that you can never afford to ignore.

In Reader’s Digest blog called Best Health, there’s this article we found that tackle five symptoms that tell you there’s a problem with your dental health. Now let us take two of those and discuss it here:

Dental symptom #1: Changing gums

Gum disease includes gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (a more advanced condition, which, if untreated, could lead to tooth loss) and is caused by plaque, an almost invisible, sticky film containing bacteria that can form on a clean tooth within 24 hours. With time, this plaque can harden into tartar, or calculus. The tartar can accumulate under your gum line, causing even more inflammation.

Contact your dentist if you experience these symptoms:

  • Changes in color, for instance from a normal pink color to red or bluish-red
  • Swollen gums, with a spongy feel
  • Receding gums, making the teeth look larger’you may see some of the root
  • Pus, odor, or new spaces forming between the teeth

Dental symptom #2: White spots on teeth

Dental decay is essentially an infection in your tooth, which starts with the hard enamel dissolving in response to acid produced by bacteria. The first signs are white spots that form in the very early stages.

When decay begins, particularly if this is happening between the teeth, you probably won’t be aware of it, which is why regular checkups, including X-rays, are so important. At this point, you may be able to stop the process before it develops into an actual cavity that requires a filling. So if you notice any white spots that weren’t there before, it’s worth getting them checked out.

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Gum disease and tooth decay are two common problems that many of us experience at least one in our lifetime. However, those two can be prevented if you know the symptoms and be able to find time to visit the dentist to have them treated before it’s too late. The biggest issue with those two is that they don’t cause you pain or inconvenience, which is why you tend to ignore them.

In the blog called Healthline, we found another interesting article written by Rachel Nall, which talks about the warning signs of dental health issues. Again, we’re extracting two of those signs:

Bad Breath

Sometimes bad breath is the result of the garlic-filled dinner you just ate or a sign that you need to drink more water. Chronic bad breath, however, can be a symptom of:

  • dental cavities
  • gum disease
  • dry mouth
  • tobacco products
  • poor oral hygiene
  • infections in the mouth, nose, and throat

Your dentist can provide tips to keep bad breath at bay even if you don’t have signs of dental decay.

Sensitivity to Hot and Cold

You can expect increased sensitivity following dental procedures like cavity fillings or crown placements. Sudden, unexplained changes to sensitivity mean you should call your dentist. Increased temperature sensitivity is a symptom of a dental abscess, which is a bacterial infection of a tooth or the gum area next to a tooth root.

Additional dental abscess symptoms include a severe toothache, fever, or tender lymph nodes under your jawline or in your neck. If you have facial swelling too, seek emergency care. If it’s left untreated, the infection can spread throughout your body and become life-threatening.

Increased temperature sensitivity can also mean you have a cavity or that your dental enamel is thinning. A dentist can provide treatment for both of these concerns.

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Bad breath happens to everyone in specific instances, like after failing to brush your teeth or rinsing after a meal. But chronic bad breath is something else. It it the one that needs to be addressed. While you might not feel the need to go the dentist because you really don’t interact with many people who can tell you that you have bad breath, you should be reminded that it may be a sign of a more serious health condition.

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Visiting the dentist may not be on your to-do list right now, but rest assured, it pays to spare some time to go and have a comprehensive dental check-up. Your teeth and gums need the dentist to be sure they’re in perfect condition and health. While you continue brushing teeth and rinsing your mouth every single day, that’s not enough to justify the lack of interest and commitment in visiting the dentist.

Dental/Oral Health Symptoms You Cannot Afford to Ignore

Most Common Oral Health Problems

We all go through a rough patch when it comes to oral health. No matter how hard we try to take care of our teeth and gums, there will come a time when certain problems begin to surface without warning. So aside from learning how to take care of your mouth, you likewise have to understand the most common oral health problems to know how to avoid them.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is mostly associated to gingivitis, but it actually is just the first stage. When you have gingivitis, you need to act on it fast because that’s the only time you can have it reversed. Once you ignore it and you leave it untreated, gingivitis becomes a more serious type of periodontal disease, which is referred to as periodontitis.

The thing with gum disease is that it usually does not come with any warning signs. So if you don’t visit the dentist and have regular dental checkups, there is no way for you to figure out that you actually have it up until the time that it is already too late.

The treatment used to address gum disease may vary based on the severity of the problem, type of disease, and other factors. But you can always opt for prevention than treatment by practicing good oral hygiene that includes brushing your teeth at least twice each day, cleaning the areas between the teeth on a daily basis, regular dentist visits, and eating a healthy diet.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is another common oral health problem that needs to be addressed the soonest possible time. Once you realize and feel that your mouth is dry, you need to go and see a doctor to have it treated.

This condition may be a result of taking medications or if you’re suffering from particular health conditions. Once you go to the dentist, he will be examining your teeth to see if there are signs of decay, which in turn can lead to impeding the normal flow of saliva in your mouth. Although it is not as serious as gum disease, you will need to resolve it because without enough saliva in your mouth, the buildup of tooth decay is accelerated and without saliva, you also are likely going to develop bad breath.

Missing Teeth

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This right here is something most of us just ignore simply because there’s nothing inconvenient about missing a tooth or two. But just like any other oral health problems we discussed, you have to consider it as a serious problem.

Here’s a more thorough discussion on the causes of missing teeth in children from DentalSource.org:

Missing teeth are one of the most common developmental problems in children. Nearly 20% of the U.S. population has congenitally missing third molars, 3.4% has missing second premolars, and 2.5% has missing upper lateral incisors. The adult teeth are more frequently affected than the baby teeth. Absence of baby teeth occurs in 0.5% to 0.9% of the population. As a rule, when a baby tooth is missing, its permanent counterpart will also be absent.

Missing teeth (tooth agenesis) can occur in an isolated fashion, or as part of a syndrome. Isolated cases of missing teeth can be familial or sporadic in nature. Familial tooth agenesis is transmitted as an autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, or X-linked genetic condition. In addition, there are more than 49 syndromes which are associated with tooth agenesis.

Specific terms are used to describe the nature of tooth agenesis. Oligodontia is the lack of tooth development of 6 or more permanent teeth, without an associated systemic disorder. Hypodontia is the absence of 6 or less teeth, but is usually part of a more complex set of developmental problems. Most cases of tooth agenesis involve hypodontia.

Researchers have recently discovered a number of genes and gene products which control communication between and within the cells that are necessary for tooth formation. These gene products are chemicals (proteins) which either affect the DNA on the chromosomes, or function as extracellular messengers. Examples of DNA control genes are MSX-1 and MSX-2. Examples of extracellular signals are bone morphogenetic proteins and fibroblast growth factors.

Genes are the molecular code of life. The 46 human chromosomes contain approximately 100,000 genes. Three billion information bases make up these 100,000 genes. Genetic mistakes may occur due to “misspellings” in the genetic code. These genetic mistakes may then be passed on from generation to generation as mendelian inheritance traits. Familial tooth agenesis can be transmitted as an autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, or X-linked condition.

Mistakes (mutations) in the genes which help produce teeth can cause missing teeth. Recent studies have found that mutations in two regulatory genes, MSX-1 and PAX9, cause tooth agenesis. The mutations causing tooth agenesis fall into one of three categories: point mutations, frame shift mutations, or large DNA deletions.

Source: http://dentalresource.org/topics13.htm

As for adults like you, there are several options available in order to replace your missing teeth. Of course, you will have to go to the dentist to seek advice as to what sort of solution is best for your needs. The list of options includes dentures, bridges, and implants.

Most Common Oral Health Problems

Tips on How to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Many parents take their child’s baby teeth for granted with the belief that they’re just temporary. However, if you are a parent, you shouldn’t have that kind of a mindset. The thing is eventhough they’re temporary, they are still prone to cavities. When your infant or toddler develops tooth decay, the condition is commonly called as “baby bottle tooth decay.” The main reason why you should avoid it is because it weakens the teeth of your children. They need healthy and strong teeth in order to be able to effectively chew their food nd learn how to speak without impediments. By taking care of the very first teeth that come out, you also guarantee that the adult teeth will eventually grow and come out ideally.

So let’s learn more about this baby bottle tooth decay so that you’ll have a good set of ideas on how to prevent it.

Let’s begin with this article titled “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay” from MouthHealthy.org, where there is a brief discussion of what causes it:

What Causes Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay most often occurs in the upper front teeth, but other teeth may also be affected.

There are many factors which can cause tooth decay. One common cause is the frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar. Tooth decay can occur when the baby is put to bed with a bottle, or when a bottle is used as a pacifier for a fussy baby.

Tooth decay is a disease that can begin with cavity-causing bacteria being passed from the mother (or primary caregiver) to the infant. These bacteria are passed through the saliva. When the mother puts the baby’s feeding spoon in her mouth, or cleans a pacifier in her mouth, the bacteria can be passed to the baby.

If your infant or toddler does not receive an adequate amount of fluoride, they may also have an increased risk for tooth decay. The good news is that decay is preventable.

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The thing with children developing tooth decay is that it usually happens with the traditional practices parents do with their young ones, including that of putting the feeding spoon and pacifier to their mouth and then transferring it to the child. While most of us believe those are harmless acts, they in fact can put the teeth of your child at risk of developing baby bottle tooth decay.

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Next to discuss are the different treatment options, courtesy of Colgate.com, in the post “Treatment For Baby Bottle Tooth Decay.

Baby bottle tooth decay can be avoided through awareness and prevention. If your child does begin to show symptoms, your dentist can provide treatment for baby bottle tooth decay. The type of treatment depends on the severity of the decay. As with most health issues, the earlier the problem is addressed, the less extensive and invasive the treatment will be.

Treatment for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Treatment varies based on your child’s age and the severity of the condition. At the earliest signs of a problem, you and your child’s dentist can work together to formulate an approach to management and treatment.

White spots on a tooth’s surface are early symptoms of baby bottle tooth decay, according to the North Dakota Department of Health. At this stage, fluoride treatment or placing fluoride varnish can be used to remineralize all of the teeth. This treatment actually reverses decay in its earliest stages by helping to rebuild the surface enamel. Your child’s dentist might also recommend fluoride supplements. At this stage, you can also make changes to your baby’s diet to keep decay from progressing. These changes could include:

Limiting juices, especially citrus juices

Substituting water for juice, formula or milk in your child’s bottle

These changes should always be made in coordination with your child’s pediatrician and/or pediatric dentist. Depending on your child’s age, overall health and nutritional needs, some dietary changes could be undesirable.

If decay is spotted at later stages, fluoride treatments will no longer be sufficient. Symptoms of more severe decay include:

  • Brown or black spots on the teeth
  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • Fever, swelling or irritability, which could indicate infection
  • Bad breath

If your child shows any of these symptoms, it’s imperative to see a dentist as soon as possible. If decay spreads, your child could face extensive restoration treatments and even tooth loss.

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We admit that it is pretty challenging to avoid those foods that you love to feed your child with and it can be painful to see them begging for it. However, once you see the signs of tooth decay in them, that’s the time you begin to realize that you could have followed those tips above in the first place.

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Meanwhile, we also found this bunch of tips from WebMD.com that talks about the easiest ways of staving off baby bottle tooth decay. See them below:

The good news is that a few simple steps can help stave off baby bottle tooth decay. They include implementing good oral hygiene at an early age. Here’s how:

Wipe the baby’s gums with a clean gauze pad or washcloth after each feeding.
Begin brushing your child’s teeth, without toothpaste, when his or her first tooth comes in. If you choose to use toothpaste, use a fluoride-free one.
Clean and massage gums in areas without teeth.
Floss once all the baby teeth have come in.
Make sure your child is getting enough fluoride, which helps lessen cavities. If your local water supply does not contain fluoride, ask your dentist or doctor if you need to use a supplement.
Schedule regular dental visits by your child’s first birthday. Dentists also offer special sealant coatings, which can help prevent tooth decay in children.

Other techniques to help prevent baby bottle tooth decay:

Don’t fill bottles with sugar water and soft drinks. Bottles are for milk, water, formula, and special electrolyte-containing solutions when the child has diarrhea. Juices, mixed half and half with water to avoid empty calories, are a way to interest your child in a “sippy cup.” Soft drinks are not recommended for children, as they have no nutritional value.
Never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing anything but water.
Never give your child a pacifier dipped in anything sweet.
Reduce the sugar in your child’s diet, especially between meals.
It’s never too late to break bad habits. If your child drinks sweetened liquids from the bottle and/or sleeps with a bottle, break the habit now and cut the risk of baby bottle tooth decay by:

Gradually diluting the bottle contents with water over 2 to 3 weeks.
Once that period is over, fill the bottle only with water.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/what-is-baby-bottle-tooth-decay

Sounds easy to follow, right? Let’s see if you can actually do it. Know that what we’re talking about here is your young love and you’ll do anything in this world to protect them from any kind of harm, including tooth decay. So it is best to give yourself some time and effort to learn more about this risk so as to completely your child from developing the baby bottle tooth decay.

Tips on How to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Top Reasons Why You Need to Go to the Dentist

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We get it – you really don’t want to go the dentist and you’ll find so many reasons not to or to excuse yourself from going. There’s been a long standing history of people fearing the dentist simply because the procedures involved in a typical dental office are just too invasive for many. However, it really does not matter if you like it or not. The thing is you need to go to the dentist for your own good. Here are the top reasons why you need to believe us:

In the website MouthHealthy.org, we found a list of the simplest yet most obvious reasons why you should find time to schedule an appointment with the dentist.

You Have Pain

Pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck can mean a number of things.

Your Gums Are Acting Up

If your gums are puffy, they bleed when you brush or floss, or you have a family history of gum disease, it’s time to make an appointment.

You Try to Hide Your Smile

Whether you’re self-conscious about a missing tooth or hoping for a brighter smile, don’t be shy about talking to your dentist.

You’ve Had Work Done

If you have fillings, crowns, dental implants or dentures, see your dentist regularly to make sure everything is in great shape.

You Have Ongoing Medical Issues

Make your dentist part of your team if you have a medical condition (such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders or are HIV positive), or you are undergoing medical treatment (such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy).

You’re Pregnant

It’s safe to go to the dentist while pregnant. In fact, pregnancy can make some dental problems worse, so don’t miss your regular checkup.

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What you need to understand is that there are telltale signs that a visit to the dentist is something you need the soonest possible time, and those written above some of them. When you feel like you’re losing confidence because you have bad breath or your teeth don’t appear good enough to smile, then you must overcome the fear of going to the dentist. Your dental health is at stake so go ahead and man up.

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But regular visits to the dentist aren’t just about having white teeth and healthy gums. You also will need to set an appointment in order to have regular dental cleaning and check ups, the purpose of which is to maintain good oral health. Take for instance these three points from Forbes, in an article titled “Top Three Reasons To Visit Your Dentist.

Marker of the State of your General Health

Your mouth and tongue are external markers of the state of your overall health. Your mouth offers a snaphot into whether you may be suffering from anemia, a vitamin or even a trace element deficiency. A number of viral and bacterial diseases first manifest in the oral cavity. Your mucous membranes and tongue also reveal whether you may be dehydrated and require additional fluids. Your dentist can make an assessment during a general examination.

Screening For Head and Neck Cancer if You Drink or Smoke

A simple screening exam by your dentist can detect lesions in your mouth, neck, and tongue which could be early precancerous areas of further concern. Early detection and treatment could potentially be life-saving. Your dentist can discuss how this important exam can be vital to your health and wellness.

Promotes General Cardiovascular Health/Preventive Health Care

Recent research suggests that poor oral hygeine resulting in plaque buildup and potentially leading to periodontal disease can lead to development of a systemic bacterial infection which could potentially trigger a heart attack or even lead to pneumonia. Regular flossing and check ups to remove plaque buildup on teeth can be potentially lifesaving.

Source: Forbes.com

You likewise must realize at this point that your oral/dental health is directly linked to your overall health. If you are suffering from any kind of health issue or sickness, then it might lead you to becoming more prone to gum disease and oral problems. With regular visits to the dentist, you’ll know for sure you’re taken care of.

Top Reasons Why You Need to Go to the Dentist

The Best Foods to Eat for Good Oral Health

Natural and organic food keep your teeth and mouth clean and healthy.

Maintaining good oral health is a lot more complex than just avoiding sugar. Most of us think that if we totally avoid foods that contain sugar, then we’re safe from getting teeth and gum problems. But the thing is our mouth is quite sensitive to all sorts of food we eat. Therefore, we must be knowledgeable enough to understand what the best foods are in terms of maintaining that white and healthy smile.

WebMD.com has a general overview of the types of food one should consume on a regular basis to make sure those teeth and gums are healthy as they possibly can be. Take this excerpt below from the article “Diet and Oral Health.

Mouth-Healthy Foods and Drinks

The best food choices for the health of your mouth include cheeses, chicken or other meats, nuts, and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth (a natural process by which minerals are redeposited in tooth enamel after being removed by acids).

Other food choices include firm/crunchy fruits (for example, apples and pears) and vegetables. These foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva (which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid). Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and lemons, should be eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize the acid from them.

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The post also talked about the types of food you should avoid completely, including cookies, cakes, breads, candy, chips, fries, raisins, and pretzels. There’s one common thing in them and that is sugar. Meanwhile, the most preferred and safest beverages for good oral health are water, milk, and unsweetened tea. It is recommended that you avoid sugar-filled drinks as much as possible.

When it comes to keeping your teeth healthy meanwhile, Colgate.com, in the article “Healthy Foods List: Seven Best Foods For Your Teeth” recommends the following:

Cheese

If you’re one of the many people who profess a love of cheese, you now have another reason to enjoy this tasty food. A study published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the journal of the American Academy of General Dentistry, reported at EurekAlert! found that eating cheese raised the pH in the subjects’ mouths and lowered their risk of tooth decay. It’s thought that the chewing required to eat cheese increases saliva in the mouth. Cheese also contains calcium and protein, nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel.

Yogurt

Like cheese, yogurt is high in calcium and protein, which makes it a good pick for the strength and health of your teeth. The probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, found in yogurt also benefit your gums because the good bacteria crowd out bacteria that cause cavities. If you decide to add more yogurt to your diet, choose a plain variety with no added sugar.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens typically find their way onto any healthy foods list. They’re full of vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. Leafy greens such as kale and spinach also promote oral health. They’re high in calcium, which builds your teeth’s enamel. They also contain folic acid, a type of B vitamin that has numerous health benefits, including possibly treating gum disease in pregnant women, according to MedlinePlus. If you have trouble getting leafy greens into your diet, add a handful of baby spinach to your next salad or throw some kale on a pizza. You can also try adding some greens to a smoothie.

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The best thing about the three foods mentioned is that they’re readily available, wherever you are in the world. While they’re not as enticing and delicious as the likes of junk food, soft drinks, and burgers, cheese, yogust, and leafy greens are all guilt-free food that guarantee you oral health. And what’s even more interesting is that you can actually find hundreds of different recipes using them as ingredients in order to enjoy them more.

Finally, to keep your teeth strong and avoid tooth loss, we found this article from Delta Dental talking about different foods and the benefits they hand out to your teeth in general.

  • Calcium-fortified juices, milk and other dairy products are rich in calcium and vitamin D and help promote healthy teeth and bones, reducing the risk for tooth loss. Adding powdered milk to cooked dishes helps those who don’t like milk or cheese to get some of the calcium needed to protect teeth and jawbones.
  • Cheese unleashes a burst of calcium that mixes with plaque and sticks to the teeth, protecting them from the acid that causes decay and helping to rebuild tooth enamel on the spot.
  • Crisp fruits and raw vegetables, like apples, carrots and celery, help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.
  • Antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin C, and other nutrients from fruits and vegetables help protect gums and other tissues from cell damage and bacterial infection.
  • Recent studies indicate that fresh cranberries interrupt the bonding of oral bacteria before they can form damaging plaque.
  • Folic acid promotes a healthy mouth and supports cell growth throughout the entire body. This member of the B vitamin family is found in green leafy vegetables and brewer’s yeast.

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Eating the right food is just a part of your responsibility of keeping good oral health. The other part involves you having regular visits to the dentist. Over time, bacteria and acid thrive in your mouth, causing the buildup of tartar and decay. In order to keep them at bay and prevent them from creating damage, you will need to have regular cleaning and checkups.

The Best Foods to Eat for Good Oral Health