New Year Oral Health Resolutions Part 1

The new year is upon us!  As with every year, improving our eating habits and leading healthy lives are continued new year resolutions.  With that in mind, we would share some tips on how you can improve your eating habits in a two-part series.  In part one we identify some expected (and unexpected) foods that have been proven to keep your mouth clean and healthy.

 

Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables

Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots and celery not only taste good but are also effective in maintaining your oral health.  Eating these crunchy foods lead to an increase in the flow of saliva, which cleanses your mouth by washing away food particles. The required chewing that comes with eating these fruits and vegetables is also said to act as a cleansing mechanism by disrupting dental plaque.  So continue to eat your fruits and vegetables knowing their positive impact on your oral health!

Cheese & Milk

Cheese and milk are well-known foods that help to neutralize acids that are produced by plaque bacteria.  They have been found to be more effective than water in reducing acid levels in mouths.  Having a slice of cheese or glass of milk with or after your meal can significantly lessen the effects of acid on your oral health.  They also contain calcium and phosphorus, which remineralize teeth and protect your teeth enamel. 

Raw Onion

Raw onions have been found to possess strong antibacterial properties, capable of eliminating four different types of bacteria that lead to cavities and gum disease.  Try adding slices of raw onions in salads, sandwiches and wraps for an added bacteria fighter and a tastier meal.

Cashews

Cashews contain microbe-fighting properties that protect your teeth from bacteria and tooth decay.  And, as an added benefit, cashews also fight acne-causing bacteria for healthier and blemish-free skin.  Cashews make for a good and quick snack, especially for a busy schedule.

Wasabi

Perfect for sushi lovers, wasabi has enormous health benefits, not just for your oral health.  It has been found to have oral health benefits with it preventing bacteria from sticking to your teeth.  It also helps to prevent bacterial infections in your body and mouth as well as reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Stay tuned next week for the second part of the guide for even more tips.  Follow and like Dr. Sunny Tatra on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+ to stay up to date with the latest news and tips. To read client reviews or to share your own experience, visit our RateMDs and Yelp pages. To book an appointment with Dr. Sunny Tatra and his team, phone +1 250 590 0166, email, or fill out the online appointment form!

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