Oral Health & Diet: Eat and Drink Right for Beautiful Teeth
In order to be able to maintain a good oral health, and keep cavities at bay it is important to pay attention at what you eat and what you drink.
Right after you have eaten a certain food, the changes start happening in your mouth. The sugars are converted by the bacteria into acids, and these acids start attacking the enamel of your teeth.
Thus, the decay starts and the oral health problems start too. If you are used to eating snacks often, you are exposing your teeth to even more decay.
What to eat – the enamel protectors
Doctors highly recommend that you eat chicken and other lean meats, all kinds of cheese products, nuts ands healthy seeds and calcium fused milk. These are the number one foods that help protecting your enamel from the harmful attack of the acids and the bacteria.
The foods are rich in phosphorus and calcium, so they will help re-mineralize the tooth structure. Remineralization is the process through which the tooth is fused with important minerals to make it stronger, right after the acids have destroyed the tooth’s natural barrier.
Remember to eat healthy fruits and vegetables, especially the crunchy ones such as pears apples or carrots. Besides helping to cleanse your teeth in a natural way, these fruits and veggies all help with the natural stimulation of saliva. You might not know it, but saliva is one of the most important protectors of both teeth and the mouth tissue.
Learn to say a definite NO to lollipops, candies, toffees, mints, all sorts of cakes and cookies, and even to dried fruits such as raisins or bananas. All thee foods can stick extremely easily to the surface of the tooth, and thus your teeth will basically “invite” all the bacteria to set in.
What to drink – good for overall health, good for the pearly whites
Drinks that contain sugar and caffeine should be cut from your list. Especially now when summer is here, and we need to drink more in order to stay hydrated, more of the sugary drinks will do a greater harm to our health. Therefore, make sure to drink as much pure water as possible, and don’t forget a few cups of fluoridated tap water as well.
If you like drinking tea, you can prepare yourself iced tea, but without any added sugar. Add a few slices of lime or lemon with rind, and enjoy the wonderful flavor without the sweet note! Then, drink low fat milk because this contains important calcium which helps making the teeth stronger and whiter.
Lemonade, coffee, and fruit juices should be consumed without any sugar. It may be difficult in the beginning, but you will get used to the new taste in a few days. After this, you will find a sweetened tea not so delicious
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