Oral health requires a balance of care, just as the body does. With the proper measure of brushing, flossing, nutrition, and dental care, your teeth can remain bright and healthy. A bright smile starts at home, with good habits that can remove bacteria and prevent decay.
Fruits, Vegetables, and Water
A good diet plays a huge role in supporting the health of your teeth and gums, while also reducing dental decay. The nutrients and antioxidants in fruits and vegetables support bacterial resistance and the upkeep of oral tissues. Although not a replacement for brushing teeth, eating fibrous vegetables and fruits can help to clean the surfaces of the teeth in between brushing.
To further enhance the health of your mouth, drink plenty of water. Avoid habits that cause dry mouth, such as smoking, chewing tobacco, or excessive alcohol consumption. Be aware that many medications can cause dry mouth as well. Oftentimes, chewing sugarless gum can stimulate salivating, and help with symptoms of dry mouth.
Reduce Processed Sugar Levels
Sugar provides bacteria with the fuel it needs to grow abundantly. Excessive sugar intake isn’t exclusive to just candy or desserts, nor are children more at risk. A sweetened drink from Starbucks® can have more sugar per serving than soda or candy bars. Also, Gatorade and other sport beverages contain a lot of sugar. If drinking sweetened beverages, it is best to drink them all in one sitting, rather than sipping on them all day. It’s important for adults to review their own or their child’s diet and minimize excessive sugar intake when possible. Although acceptable in moderation, sugar isn’t good for oral or overall health.
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