PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 24, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Dr. Mo Saleh
understands that with the hustle and bustle of life, brushing after a meal is not always an option, especially when at a restaurant. Not many people carry a toothbrush and toothpaste with them. For these situations, a recent article
in eMaxHealth offers other strategies that people can use to help protect their dental health until they can get home to brush.
The best way to prevent cavities is still to brush after each meal, floss daily, and get regular dental checkups every six months. In an ideal world, brushing would always occur after eating, but in reality, it can prove difficult sometimes. There are other ways that people can help to decrease their risk of developing cavities, however. Eating foods that are high in starch and sugar give bacteria more fuel to feed off of. These foods have tendency to stick to the teeth and can create plaque buildup. If not removed, this plaque can produce acids that eat away at the enamel on teeth and can lead to tooth decay.
A recent study in Chicago found that drinking milk after eating sugary foods can help to cut down on the level of acidity in the mouth. Researchers had 20 volunteers eat a bowl of sugary cereal and then measured the acidity on their teeth. Each participant was then either given milk, water, or apple juice to drink. The acidity was measured again and those who drank the milk had the greatest decrease in acid levels. Milk also contains calcium which is beneficial for strengthening teeth and bones.
In general people should limit their consumption of sugary and starchy foods and beverages. The longer teeth are exposed to these substances, the more damage it can do. Eating carbohydrates during a meal is not as bad as grazing on them throughout the day. The same goes for drinking soda and fruit juice all day. Kimberly A. Harms, DDS, explains that it is "one continuous exposure and much more unhealthy for your teeth." Drinking water is a much better option. While some dentists recommend drinking fluoridated tap water, this is a practice that Dr. Mo Saleh is against and he advises just drinking plain spring water.
People can further reduce their risk of cavities by keeping a small bottle of antimicrobial mouthwash in their desk, purse, or briefcase. Even if they are unable to brush, they can help rinse their mouth of excess plaque and bacteria. Carrying sugar-free gum that contains xylitol can also prove beneficial. This ingredient can help to slow the growth of bacteria. The American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance was awarded to Orbit, Eclipse, and Extra gum brands.
And although they are sticky and sugary, eating raisins might actually help to prevent cavities. A study by researchers at the University of Illinois-Chicago found that they also contain antimicrobial properties that can "inhibit cavity-causing organisms within the mouth."
"If you cannot brush, make sure that you rinse your mouth with plenty of water," says Dr. Mo Saleh. "This can help to remove excess food particles, sugar, and bacteria. Keeping gum in your pocket or bag is another quick way to help clean teeth in a pinch. Eating a diet rich in healthy fruits and vegetables is recommended for healthy teeth and gums as well." Dr. Mo Saleh reminds patients to make sure they brush when they get home if they were unable to before.
Dr. Mo Saleh
is an experienced and innovative dentist with two practices in the Portland, Oregon area. He is committed to providing patients with personal care and attention and offering the latest in dental health technology and treatment. His services focus on implants, sedation, and cosmetic dentistry, though he provides general dental care as well. He is active in several professional organizations to ensure that he stays up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in the industry.