Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss and a Fork 4

When you think of foods that are good for your teeth and gums you probably don’t think about mushrooms. Mushrooms?  Surprisingly, mushrooms can help with plaque formation.

mushrooms

Mushrooms

When plaque lingers on teeth, it hardens and forms tartar, which leads to gum disease. Only a dental hygienist can remove tartar, but shiitake mushrooms can stop plaque from forming in the first place.

A 2000 Japanese study at Nihon University found that a sugar in shiitake mushrooms (lentinan) creates an unfriendly environment for various plaque-causing Streptococcus bacteria.

Beating plaque is as easy as adding a cup of shiitake mushrooms to a stir-fry or stew. 

Yes they are good for your teeth! Who would have known.

To Floss or Not to Floss

If you are not flossing on a daily basis, maybe you should consider adding flossing to your dental routine.

According to mouthhealthy.org: “Flossing helps remove plaque from between your teeth, in areas that the toothbrush can’t reach, and it helps prevent gum disease and dental decay.”

Plaque not removed by regular brushing and flossing can harden into unsightly tartar (also called calculus).  This crusty deposit creates a cohesive bond that can only be removed by a dentist or a hygienist.  Tartar formation may also make it more difficult for you to remove new plaque and bacteria.  The prevention of tartar buildup above the gum line has been shown to have a therapeutic effect on gum disease.

If you have difficulty in handling dental floss or not sure how to use it effectively, talk to us.  You may also prefer to use another kind of interdental cleaner. These include special brushes, picks or sticks. Dr. Brogdon and our hygienists can instruct you in the proper use of dental floss as well as these additional aids and help you to be more comfortable with their use.