Cavities have been around for a while. Food causes cavities. Grim, isn’t it? My favorite thing in the world is also the cause of my least favorite thing—tooth decay. Desserts are most to blame.
The good news: There are everyday foods you can eat that will help battle tooth decay. So be sure to mix the good with the bad.
6 Cavity Fighting Tools
- Drink sugary drinks with a straw. If you are going to enjoy sugary drinks, at least use a straw.
- Eat cheese. Casein, a protein found in cheese, may have a protective property that promotes healthy teeth. Cheese contains calcium, and since teeth are partly made up of calcium, increased levels help re-mineralize teeth and prevent cavities from forming.
- Chew sugarless gum. Gum sweetened with xylitol has been found to prevent cavities.Xylitol is a “sugarless” sweetener found in products like Spry and Orbit. Saliva is produced while chewing gum, which wards off tooth decay. Not to mention you’ll have fresh breath! Xylitol has also been found to aid digestion.
- Drink more water. Drinking water means you aren’t drinking soda, which contains the kind of sugar that bacteria thrives on. Water also washes sugars out of your mouth. This prevents your saliva from becoming too sugary and eating away at your teeth.
- Drink Tea. Polyphenols found in green and black tea in tea have cavity-fighting properties. They suppress bacteria that ultimately cause tooth decay by feeding on sugars from leftover food. This makes tea a great choice for after a meal. You may have heard that tea contains fluoride, which is true, but not enough to make a difference for your teeth or health.
- Eat candy. You read this right. As long as that candy is sweetened with xylitol (the same kind in sugarless gum we mentioned earlier), its ok to eat. The extra saliva produced from eating this candy will help keep cavities away.