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Are You Giving Your Smile the Nutrients It Needs?
Posted on March 17th, 2017
In honor of National Nutrition Month, dietitians and dentists alike are hoping people will spend a bit more time thinking about how healthy nutrition can benefit their whole bodies, including their smiles. Proper nutrition, specifically including a limited amount of sugar, can help to protect the teeth and gums from common problems including cavities, gum disease and other issues. Combined with great hygiene and regular dental cleanings, a healthy diet is a great way to keep your smile looking and feeling its best. So, if you are serious about your smile’s care, the question becomes are the choices you’re making about what to eat and drink benefiting or damaging your dental health?
What Is Great for Your Smile?
Fresh fruits and vegetables are among the most items you can consume, not only because they tend to be high in vitamins, but also because most are low in sugar and filled with water. Water is one of the most essential aspects of a healthy smile, and that is because it helps the body produce saliva. This not only helps break down foods, but it also limits plaque’s ability to stick to the surface of the teeth.
Other great choices, from a dental and overall health perspective, include lean proteins and healthy sources of fats, such as nuts, which offer vitamins and minerals essential to good health.
What Should You Avoid?
Equally important to eating good foods, is avoiding too much sugar. This is particularly important to the health of the smile, because the bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugar. Therefore the more you consume, the more likely you are to struggle with dental cavities, and even gum disease.