Jan 5, 2011


You brush, you floss, you see your dentist, but do you eat with your oral health in mind?

It's not just the usual suspects like sugar that may be harmful. Some surprising--even healthy--foods can cause cavities, while others can help protect you from decay, gum disease, and even bad breath.

Here, How to Tailor Your diet for Optimal Dental Health.
Eat carbs at mealtimes

A handful of potato chips or even a wheat bread roll can be just as damaging to your teeth and gums as a chocolate chip cookie. All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are ultimately converted by bacteria in the mouth into plaque, a sticky residue that is the primary cause of gum disease and cavities. Carb-based foods such as breads and crackers tend to have "a chewy, adhesive texture," making it easier for them to get caught between teeth or under the gum line, where bacteria can then accumulate, 

" Have carbs at mealtimes rather than as a snack "

Drink tea

Black and green teas contain polyphenols, antioxidant plant compounds that prevent plaque from adhering to your teeth and help reduce your chances of developing cavities and gum disease. "Tea also has potential for reducing bad breath because it inhibits the growth of the bacteria that cause the odor," Many teas also contain fluoride which helps protect tooth enamel from decay.

Sip with a straw

Most sodas, sports drinks, and juices contain acids, such as citric and phosphoric, that can erode dental enamel--even if they're diet or sugar-free versions. Sipping acidic drinks through a straw positioned toward the back of your mouth limits their contact with your teeth and helps preserve the enamel, Its best to avoid Carbonated Drinks.
Increase your C intake

"Vitamin C is the cement that holds all of your cells together, so just as it's vital for your skin, it's important for the health of your gum tissue," Include foods rich in Vitamin C Like citrus fruits guava, amla, broccoli, etc..

Eat 800 mg of calcium a day

About 99% of the calcium in your body is in your bones and teeth. Dietary calcium--available in foods like cheese, milk, and yogurt--strengthens the alveolar bone in the jaw, which helps hold your teeth in place.

"We all know excellent nutrition helps build an excellent body, so it follows that whatever you eat affects your teeth and gums, too."

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