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 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.
For more information, please visit the ADA’s consumer website http://www.Mouthhealthy.org.
About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation’s largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public’s health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA’s state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA’s flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit http://www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website http://www.MouthHealthy.org.
SOURCE American Dental Association
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