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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Dental Health Facts

Dental Health Fact

The condition of a person's oral health is often a reflection of their overall health. For example, some studies link periodontal disease with a higher risk of coronary heart disease.

If eyes are the window to your soul, then your smile is your front door. Think about what enters that mouth on a daily basis, from what we eat and drink to the microbes we are exposed to. The mouth is not an island … it is directly linked to the entire body and in close proximity to the heart, lungs, and brain.

To truly make a difference in our oral health, we need to think beyond the toothbrush. Diet plays a huge role in keeping your teeth their healthiest and brightest, Every meal gives us a chance to strengthen our tooth enamel, guard against gum disease, and make our dentist happy!

Go crazy for Carrots

eat carrot

Carrots contain vitamin A needed for healthy tooth enamel. They also stimulate healthy saliva production, which can help wash away food stains.









Boost Bell Pepper Intake

Boost Bell Pepper Intake

Bell peppers actually have twice the amount of vitamin C found in oranges— approximately 117 mg per cup. Often prescribed by dermatologists for skin health, [vitamin C] is an important ingredient in the health of gum tissue.





Pick plaque-fighting pineapples

Pick plaque-fighting pineapples

Pineapples can do more than just add tropical flair to your favourite smoothies or juices. This fruit is also rich in an enzyme called bromelain, which has been used to fight inflammation but may also be good for oral health. Bromelain has been shown to break up plaque and act as a natural stain remover.





Amp up your apples

Amp up your apples

Apples work as gentle abrasives to cleanse your teeth and palate. An apple a day can keep the dentist away. Fermented apples may also spruce up your smile.

Mix apple cider vinegar with baking soda to make a paste to brush onto teeth, or gargle with it before brushing to help remove surface stains.



Sesame Seeds and Nuts

Sesame Seeds and Nuts

Sesame seeds and nuts help scrub away plaque, and they also contain calcium that helps keep teeth strong. Really, any kind of hard and crunchy vegetable is good for the teeth because they act as an abrasive and stimulate saliva to prevent plaque.




Make Kale King

Make Kale King

Foods that contain calcium and vitamin C, such as kale, are a must-have staple in a healthy diet. Not only is [kale] packed with essential vitamins and minerals for healthy teeth and gums, it also [contains] antioxidants. For what we call a "smile booster smoothie," It is good to blend kale with frozen berries, a banana, Greek yogurt, ice, and chilled green tea.


Celery

Celery

Snacking on celery sticks stimulates saliva production, countering common problems such as dry mouth and helping to reduce your risks of dental decay.





Suck on Strawberries

strawberry

Strawberries are a great, natural way to whiten teeth. You can just eat them or go a step further and brush your teeth with a paste of strawberries and baking soda, but be sure to thoroughly clean teeth afterward to prevent tooth decay.





Chew on some cheese

Chew on some cheese

It might sound unlikely, but one of the best and easiest ways to combat acid erosion of your teeth is to eat a piece of cheese after every meal. Cheese is high in phosphorus, protein, and calcium, which can buffer the acids in your mouth.

For the best results, choosing the right kind of cheese. Cheddar is best, since it contains the highest levels of alkali; soft cheese such as brie or feta won’t have much of an effect.


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