A HEALTHY ORAL CAVITY LEADS TO A HEALTHY BODY & A HEALTHY BODY LEADS TO A HEALTHY MIND!
YOUR TEETH AND MOUTH ARE THE WINDOWS TO YOUR BODY!
Here are some dietary habits and tips which will help you to have a healthy mouth, healthy teeth and of course a healthy body.
WE ALL KNOW THESE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Fruits and veggies are an important part of any balanced diet and they are also good for your teeth. Since they are high in water and fiber, which balance the sugars they contain and help to clean the teeth. Chewing also helps to stimulate saliva production, which washes harmful acids and food particles away from your teeth.
CHOOSE DAIRY PRODUCTS, WHENEVER YOU CAN
Milk and other dairy products such as cheese and yogurt are low in sugar, which is a good thing for your dental health. They also contain protein and are full of calcium, which can help to strengthen your teeth.
A FEW MORE HEALTHY OPTIONS
Phosphorus-rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish and eggs help to strengthen your teeth and contain valuable protein. These foods also help to protect and rebuild your tooth enamel.
YOUR SNACK SHOULD HAVE THESE
Make it a nutritious choice – such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, nuts etc for your overall health and the health of your teeth.
The best beverage choices include water (especially fluoridated water), milk, unsweetened tea and green tea so always keep your mouth moist by drinking lots of water. Saliva protects both hard and soft oral tissues.
SAY NO TO SUGAR, IN ANY FORM
Of course, chocolates, candies, cakes and cookies stick on to the teeth and initiate the decay process. Limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade and coffee or tea with added sugar. Also, avoid day-long sipping of sugar-containing drinks – day-long sipping exposes your teeth to constant sugar and, in turn, constant decay-causing acids.
SUBSTITUTE SODA WITH WATER
Most carbonated soft drinks, including diet soda are acidic in nature and therefore, bad for your teeth. Caffeinated beverages, such as colas can also dry out your mouth. If you do consume soft drinks, try to drink alongside a cup of water.
AVOID SPORTS DRINKS
They sound healthy, but sugar is a top ingredient for many sports and energy drinks. Sports drinks can be helpful for young athletes engaged in prolonged, vigorous physical activities, but unnecessary in most cases. Before your next sip, check the label to make sure your choice of drink is low in sugar or not or simply drink water.
LIMIT ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
Alcohol causes dehydration and dry mouth. People who drink excessively may find their saliva flow is reduced over time, which can lead to tooth decay and other oral infections such as gum diseases. Heavy alcohol use also increases your risk for mouth cancer.
BE CAREFUL WITH EXCESS CITRUS INTAKE
The truth is that frequent exposure to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time. So even though a squeeze of lemon or lime can turn a simple glass of water into a fun beverage, it’s not always the best choice for your mouth. Citric fruits and juices can also irritate mouth sores. Make sure to drink plenty of plain water after having a citrus drink.
Eat right, drink right and make these simple changes to your diet and lifestyle and see the difference yourself!!
~ Dr Priyanka Jain Mehta
Associate dentist of 32 Smiles dental clinic, Pune
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