Tooth decay is something we all face. In fact, over 90 percent of adults in the United States suffer from some form of tooth decay! With that in mind it’s important to learn the best ways to prevent it. At Gentle Family Dentistry we’re firm believers in using the materials that nature has provided us to protect and preserve your teeth!
It’s amazing, really – there are countless natural products and simple combinations of healthy living and eating that can do wonders for your teeth! Sugar isn’t the only wonderfully sweet taste that we’ve discovered in the world and there are plenty of great alternatives that not only taste good but protect your teeth as well!
Natural Sugar Alternatives
There are several alternatives to sugar that are easily available. We definitely recommend sugar alternatives because they are usually better for your teeth and body, but not all are created equal! The best sugar alternative available is found in a lot of the products you already use, like sugar-free chewing gum, mouthwash, breath mints, and dietary supplements. It’s called xylitol!
Xylitol doesn’t just taste good: it’s also great at protecting your teeth! Not only does it stop plaque bacteria from causing damage to your teeth, it’s also been found to reduce cavity growth, help preserve bone density, fight osteoporosis, and of course freshen your breath! All that with less calories than sugar!
We also recommend other natural sweeteners like stevia, which is naturally found in the leaves of a plant with the same name. It has practically no calories, doesn’t cause the same oral health problems as sugar, and has even been found to reduce blood sugar levels, prevent plaque buildup in your arteries, and lower blood pressure!
Dietary Supplements For Oral Health
We’re proud to offer a dietary supplement called ProbioraPro. When you come in for a routine appointment at our Duncansville dentist office we’ll be happy to get you a supply of dissolving tablets that do wonders for your teeth and gums!
ProbioraPro comes in tablets similar to breath mints. You hold them in your mouth and let them dissolve, where they release probiotics and bacteria that regulate the balance of good to bad bacteria in your mouth, along with freshening your breath! ProbioraPro helps prevent cavities and tooth decay caused by harmful bacteria by out-competing them and changing the balance of your mouth’s bacterial makeup. Your cleanings will stay effective longer and it has even been known to whiten teeth!
Beneficial Food and Drink
It’s always a good idea to keep some mouth healthy foods handy too. We’re more than happy to talk about your dietary choices with you during your appointment – we want you to be healthy! Between appointments there are a few great things you can do for your teeth besides just brushing and flossing!
Drink tea! That’s right – green and black tea both contain natural compounds called catechins. These tooth-healthy parts of your morning pick-me-up are great at killing bacteria in your mouth! Catechins also prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth and gums, making them far less likely to get a hold on your teeth! If you want to get the most benefit out of catechins we recommend green tea – its catechin count is far higher than black tea!
Dark green leafy vegetables are also great for your teeth and body! They’re rich in fiber, which causes an increase in saliva production. Saliva is a key component in keeping your teeth clean and is able to wash away food particles, bacteria, and acids that can harm your teeth!
Make Good Choices For Your Oral Health!
Good brushing and flossing habits along with regular cleanings and exams at our Duncansville dentist office can help protect your teeth and your health! Combined with the use of these cavity-fighting foods, supplements, and sugar substitutes you’ll be in great shape for years to come!
If you ever want to talk about your teeth, dietary choices, and what you can do to improve your oral health you know we’re here for you! Don’t ever hesitate to call Gentle Family Dentistry at 814-693-6777! You can also schedule an appointment with ease by simply filling out our online appointment request form. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.
And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.