Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) August 03, 2009 -- Oral hygiene is the practice of using different methods to maintain and take care of teeth. The most common method of oral hygiene include the use of a toothbrush and a toothpaste. However, aside from brushing, oral hygiene methods may also involve the use of dental flosses, tongue cleaners, and mouthwashes. By using these methods, along with proper practice of oral hygiene (usually done 3x a day), people are assured that their teeth are safe from different oral diseases such as gum recession and more commonly, cavities.
However, aside from strict adherence to oral hygiene methods, there are other contributing factors that affect the health of teeth, such as food and drinks. Foods that help muscles and bones also help teeth and gums. According to the dentist burbank [http://www.alhambradental.com/blog], breads and cereals are rich in vitamin B while fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, both of which contribute to healthy gum tissue.
Foods for the teeth
Some foods may protect against cavities. Fluoride is a primary protector against dental cavities. Fluoride makes the surface of teeth more resistant to acids during the process of remineralisation. Drinking fluoridated water is recommended by some dentists while others say that using toothpaste alone is enough.
Some food such as milk and cheese are rich in calcium and phosphate and may also encourage remineralisation. All food, in general, increase saliva production, and since saliva contains buffer chemicals, this helps to stabilize the pH to near 7 (neutral) in the mouth. According to the dentist burbank [http://www.alhambradental.com/blog], foods high in fiber may also help to increase the flow of saliva. Sugar-free chewing gum stimulates saliva production and helps clean the surface of the teeth.
Although some foods benefit the teeth, there are also other foods that are detrimental to the health of the teeth. Some foods like fruit and sugar confection promote acid formation. This is why sugars, in general, are commonly associated with dental cavities. Other carbohydrates, especially cooked starches, e.g. crisps/potato chips, may also damage teeth, although to a lesser degree since starch has to be converted by enzymes in the saliva first.
Table sugar is most commonly associated with cavities. The amount of sugar consumed at any one time is less important than how often food and drinks that contain sugar are consumed. The more frequently sugars are consumed, the greater the time during which the tooth is exposed to low pH levels, at which point demineralisation occurs.
Acids contained in fruit juice, vinegar and soft drinks lower the pH level of the oral cavity causing the enamel to demineralize. Consuming drinks such as orange juice or cola throughout the day raises the risk of dental cavities tremendously. Another factor which affects the risk of developing cavities is the stickiness of foods. According to the dentist burbank [http://www.alhambradental.com/blog], some foods or sweets may stick to the teeth and so reduce the pH in the mouth for an extended time, particularly if they are sugary.