Pay extra attention to snacks and your teeth as fair season rolls through Ventura County, Orange County and Los Angeles County. County fairs are always fun and the food is a big reason to go. Popcorn, funnel cakes, and Deep-Fried Snickers or whatever food can be boiled in hot grease are fun to taste but a lot of it gets captured between your teeth.
A cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, Dr. Sam Saleh of Ora Dentistry Spa, wants you to guess what happens with popcorn kernels, pieces of nuts, or other foods that get lodged back in between your molars or incisors?
The answer is that cavities have a breeding ground and plaque thrives. That’s why on his website Dr. Saleh posts comprehensive Oral Hygiene instructions.
The tips on brushing and flossing may seem quite basic, but adults who have poor gums and other oral health issues can help their cause by proper brushing and flossing.
So what’s the big deal about food? Are your teeth okay if you just stay away from sugar? Let’s take a closer look.
Cavities form when bacteria living in the mouth digest carbohydrate debris left on the teeth after eating, as described in an article on Livescience.com titled Does Sugar Really Cause Cavities?
The conditions for problems are made right with food that makes it hard for saliva to wash away sugar. Candies like lollipops, caramels, jelly beans and various other hard candies are trouble makers.
Sodas are on the cavity-prone list, too. Regular and diet drinks have sugar, plus phosphorous and carbonation. This wears away the enamel on the teeth and also causes them to become stained and discolored.
Dr. Saleh treats a number of celebrities who rely on their smiles for a living and he’s been quoted in local and national media on achieving a red carpet smile.
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and floss carefully in hard-to-get places. A homemade solution that can help whiten teeth that aren’t too discolored is strawberries mixed with baking soda. Strawberries contain malic acid and go beneath the surface of the tooth to lighten it.
Nothing beats a visit to a professional to maintain good oral health and get a white smile that fits with your complexion. Ora Dentistry Spa provides Zoom Teeth Whitening that is a painless and high quality treatment with fast results.
The procedure is completely safe and nothing is used that can harm enamel or gums.
So what foods are on the Go Ahead and Eat list?
Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables
Cheese, milk, plain yogurt
Sugarless chewing gum
Green and black teas
Water with fluoride
The food list gets us back to the issue of saliva, something we don’t normally discuss in public. It works like this: salvia washes away food particles to help clean your mouth. About 20 minutes after you eat, it begins to neutralize the acids attacking your teeth.
So eat those fiber-rich fruits and veggies, pop in a stick of sugarless gum once in a while, and if you go to one of Southern California’s county fairs wash down those Deep Fried Whatevers with plenty of water. Your teeth and gums will thank you.