A new year means a new start and that’s worth smiling about! Speaking of smiling, here are some great ways you can make your diet a lot more smile-friendly on your teeth:
The processed, sweet, cheap, refined, and enriched grains are, admittedly, easy to choose.
By switching to whole grains, you benefit it with:
Less sugar exposure
Higher fiber content that naturally nabs up some plaque
Cheese stimulates your saliva glands, which is a good thing for your mouth. It’s also high in calcium to reinforce bone and enamel. It may even help fight off cavity-causing bacteria and reduce the need for dental fillings or crowns.
Enjoy cheese in salads, on whole grain crackers, or on its own alongside fresh fruit.
Along the lines of incorporating more whole grain items into your diet, crunchy whole foods (not potato chips!) are a great way to keep your teeth clean. These foods also make for very satisfying and guilt-free snacks:
Maybe you congratulate yourself on choosing a bowl of healthy trail mix to munch on during a movie. That’s a great decision! But you still need to watch how long you’re snacking.
Foods like nuts and dried fruits can still get stuck in your teeth and trigger acid attacks that weaken enamel. The longer you snack, the longer your teeth are exposed to acids and sugars.
Try to finish off your snacks within several minutes rather than slowly enjoying them for an hour or more. Talk with your dentist about other ways you can improve your oral health through diet.
Posted on behalf of:
Brentwood Dental Group
2440 S Brentwood Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63144
No living thing can function without water. Humans are no exception. However, we tend to take our need for it granted. As we’re so creative and varied in our tastes, we’ve found other, tastier ways to enjoy drinks.
But when it comes to oral health and preventing tooth decay, nothing is going to beat plain tap water.
Keep Your Mouth Hydrated
Our mouths are loaded with saliva-producing glands. We need saliva to keep our oral tissues comfortable and functional. Spit also helps rinse away bacteria, food leftovers and neutralizes acids in the mouth.
When you’re consistently low on fluid, your mouth will suffer. Not only is it uncomfortable, but chronic dry mouth increases your risk of developing dental diseases such as tooth decay.
Stay hydrated to stay smiley!
Sweet Stuff Spikes Blood Sugar
Our habit of reaching for soda, juice, sports drinks, or sweetened coffee could be causing damage to more than just our teeth.
Do you know your risk for diabetes or high blood sugar levels?
Constant sugar-sipping will elevate the amount of sugar in your system. Over time, this can even affect your gum health and raise your cavity risk. So whenever possible, choose water over anything else.
Water Doesn’t Stain
Finally, think about how water runs zero risk of staining your teeth and beautiful white restorations. Soda, tea, coffee, and red wine, while tasty, leave horrible stains. At the least, try to drink water along with a dark beverage so that you can keep rinsing your teeth.
Keep your smile healthy and bright by opting for simple H2O. Remember to visit your dentist regularly to stay on top of your dental health.
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6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
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