Healthier Teeth Through Your Diet? 7 Foods to Help Prevent Gum Disease and Tooth Decay!

At your regular visits to your dentist at Quay Dental you have your check-ups, cleanings and if required, some additional smile care. Unfortunately, during those dental visits, you may discover that you have tooth decay or signs of gum disease.

The good news is that you are visiting your dentist and being proactive about any issues that might emerge. Whether or not your dental visit indicates some signs of trouble, such as decay or gum diseases, you have a lot of steps available to remedy the situation. You have immediate care from the dentist, but you can also take steps to help remediate or prevent such issues. One of the most effective is to use your diet to combat tooth decay and/or gum disease.

Help Your Dentist Remedy Dental Issues

The dentist warns you that you could be facing some issues. What to do? Start by considering what you eat and drink each day. As medical experts have noted, “you are what you eat, that’s particularly true for your teeth and gums…some foods invite tooth decay, others help fight plaque build-up.”

The answer, of course, begins with changes in the diet. Here are seven ways to bring about those changes:

  1. Fruits and vegetables – Fibre rich fruits and vegetables act a bit like a detergent on the surface of the teeth. When eaten and chewed, they trigger saliva production, too. This is a dual-action defence that begins by scrubbing the surface of the teeth and finishes with saliva helping to break down the sugars or starches that can cause trouble.
  2. Dairy – Plain yogurt, milk and cheese work wonders for defending the teeth, but only if eaten without any added sugars. They are calcium rich and fortify the teeth with minerals. In addition they also cause saliva production that prevents sugars and starches from forming more plaque.
  3. Nuts and seeds – Sesame seeds, macadamia nuts and pistachios are all very high in omega 3 fatty acids that work like all-natural anti-inflammatory agents able to combat gum disease at any stage. Plus, they are loaded with nutrients. Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel also deliver the same benefits to the gums.
  4. Shiitake mushrooms – A little-known warrior in the fight against gum disease, these tasty mushrooms are high in lentinan. This is an agent that attacks the bacteria behind gum disease along with being very anti-inflammatory!
  5. Green (or black) tea – Your dentist in Sydney may have already suggested this as it is high in catechins, another gum disease fighting agent.
  6. Sugar-free gum – Even ten minutes of chewing after a meal will help produce enough saliva to rinse away food particles and break down any plaque-forming agents
  7. Whole grains – Avoiding refined flour and eating grainy breads, crackers, pastas and other similar foods helps in the same way that fruits and vegetables will, scrubbing the teeth and offering a lot of nutrients.

You have seven foods (or food groups) that your dentist in Sydney may have already suggested. If fighting dental issues, get proper care but also help your teeth and gums out with your dietary choices.

Work with a Trusted Dentist

Quay Dental is in the Sydney CBD and offers the very best patient care. Delivered in a vibrant, positive atmosphere our goal is to ensure dental patients have optimal oral health. If you would like to know more about healthy dietary choices to help prevent gum disease and tooth decay or work with the best dentist in Sydney, contact the office today.