Foods that Promote Good Health

1. Green Tea:  Reduces the number of bad-breath causing bacteria.   Flavinoids in green tea work with the germ-fighting compounds in toothpaste and mouthwash boosting their effectiveness, thereby helping fight viruses and cavities.

2.  Black Tea:  Studies found a reduction in the risk of developing Oral Cancer.

3.  Cranberry Juice:  Helps prevent plaque formation on teeth and reduces the growth of oral pathogens.

4.  Raisins:  Phytochemicals in raisins and seedless grapes help slow the growth of bacterial associated with cavities and gum disease.

5.  Dark Chocolate:  If it contains at least 60-70% cocoa solids and no milk or hydrogenated oils, have polyphenols and flavinoids and tannins that have anti-bacterial effect, decreasing decay and improving gum health.

6.  Water:  The pH of water varies greatly and waters of pH 7 or higher are better as they counteract acids that produce decay.

7.  Cheese, Chicken, Meat, Nuts and Milk:  All provide calcium and phosphorous needed to remineralize teeth.  Remember that milk also contains milk sugars that can be harmful, especially if given to a child before bedtime.

8.  Berries, Oranges, Cantaloupe Broccoli and Spinach:   All contain Vitamin C, a powerful anti-oxidant that helps maintain healthy gums.  Eat acidic foods with caution and brush, floss and rinse afterwards to decrease their decay-promoting effect.