Dental "Superfoods" Underline the Importance of Oral Health, says Medical Center Dental Care

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The Los Angeles area dental clinic comments on a recent article that healthy eating is an important part of taking care of our teeth and gums, but good oral hygiene and regular dentist visits remain crucial to our teeth and gums.

LOS ANGELES, July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- A July 6 article on Redbook Magazine

touts the oral health benefits of three "superfoods": red bell peppers (rich in gum-friendly vitamin C), celery (a tasty and refreshing natural tooth cleaner), and cheddar cheese (rich in tooth-enamel building calcium, phosphorous, and casein protein). Medical Center Dental Care, a comprehensive family dental clinic in the Western San Fernando Valley, says that, while a balanced diet rich in vegetables and high-calcium dairy or soy is good for our teeth, gums, and the rest of us, good oral health care still requires daily brushing and flossing, as well as twice yearly dental visits.

The clinic says that the Redbook article makes an excellent point because, just like the rest of the human body, teeth and gums rely on nutrients obtained from food for growth and maintenance; it's also true that, long before the invention of toothbrushes, humanity largely relied on crunchy foods like celery, apples, and jicama to clean teeth and limit tooth decay – although with admittedly very mixed results. However, while many of us might similarly rely mainly on kibble to keep our pets' teeth in some kind of shape, Medical Center Dental Care notes that a dog or cat's teeth don't need to last as long as a human's -- and that veterinarians nevertheless tell us that our pets should always have their teeth brushed regularly (even if few cat owners dare try). With more and more human beings now regularly living into their nineties and beyond, it's important to do everything possible to maintain our teeth and gums for as long as possible, and even good home-based oral hygiene can still leave a great deal of tooth-decay causing plaque and calculus that only a skilled dental professional can safely remove, says the clinic.

Medical Center Dental Care adds that it invokes the wise words of the late comedian, Soupy Sales: "Be true to your teeth, and they will never be false to you." The clinics adds that, while dentures might not sound so bad to people who don't' have them, losing a tooth is never a pleasant process and most people don't realize how difficult teeth are to properly replace. Dental implants are the only solution that actually deal with the issue of bone loss, but getting them is far from cheap and always time consuming. As always, says the clinic, prevention with regular cleanings and excavations– even for the very youngest of us with a pediatric dentist – is the only way there is to truly keep our commitment to our teeth.

Interested readers can provide can contact Medical Center Dental Care by phone at (818) 452-0038. They may also visit its web site at


SOURCE Medical Center Dental Care

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