Healthy eating is key to good health, and that includes mouth health. After all, the mouth is the gateway to the body.
The American Dental Association (ADA) serves up these tips in observance of National Nutrition Month.
Watch that sugar: Common sense, right? But many people don’t know that the plaque on your teeth contain bacteria that can cause cavities. The bacteria feed on sugar, releasing acid that attacks the teeth. Sugary foods and beverages provide an all-day buffet for these cavity creators. Train your taste buds to enjoy healthy fare such as fruit and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. Your teeth and your waistline will thank you. Sip all day, risk decay: Sipping sugary beverages – even that seemingly-innocent fruit juice – over extended periods creates an environment where the teeth are constantly attacked by acid. Sipping fluoridated water is best for your teeth. If you choose soda, have it with a meal.
Get your saliva flowing: Chewing increases the flow of saliva in your mouth, so if you chew sugarless gum after a meal, the increased salivary flow can help prevent cavities by neutralizing and washing away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on your teeth.
Eat your Vitamins: Eating calcium-rich foods such as cheese, leafy greens and almonds are good for the teeth. Protein-rich foods such as meat, eggs and fish are good sources of phosphorus. Both of these minerals can help rebuild tooth enamel and bone.
In addition to eating a balanced diet, the ADA recommends limiting between-meal snacks, brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and visiting your dentist regularly to keep your mouth in tip top shape.
It’s the perfect time for an oral exam and cleaning. Contact:
J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078 Phone: (704) 948-1300
For more information, please visit the ADA’s consumer website http://www.Mouthhealthy.org