Maintaining a Tooth-Friendly Diet

Eating heavily affects your dental health.  Dental health is important because it fosters healthy teeth and gums.  Some foods are tooth and gum friendly and actually prevent tooth and gum disease.

Learning what foods are good for your teeth is the 1st step in maintaining a healthy dental lifestyle.  The things that you eat affect your mouth, teeth, and gums – but more importantly it also effects your teeth and gums.

There are foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, unsaturated fats that all are beneficial foods to eat.  However there are a few foods that really are above the rest, when it comes to dental health.

Calcium
Milk is an important food to keep your teeth healthy.  Milk is loaded with calcium and  is extremely important for tooth and bone development in children and teens.

But the benefits do not stop there they continue as you get older.  A diet that is loaded with calcium also is show to prevent tooth decay.  When diets are lacking calcium, the body  uses minerals from the teeth and bones leaving your teeth and bones vulnerable.

In one study it was shown that having a daily intake of less than 500mg of calcium almost doubled the likelihood of developing periodontitis.

The FDA recommends that women younger than age 50 should take 1000 mg of calcium daily and 1200mg for women over 50.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential part of dental health.  Vitamin C works to repair connective tissue and help fight off infection.  A study was conducted and it shown that those who eat less than the recommended 75-90 milligrams each day are 25% more likely to get gingivitis compared to those who only consume 3X the recommended dose.

If you eat one orange a day it will help you meet the in maintaining  your Vitamin C intake.

Fruits & Vegetables
Crunchy foods are also good for your teeth, so make sure you put some crunch apples, pears, celery, and carrots into your lunch.  These foods work to remove bacteria and plaque from your mouth.

Tea
While you may think that tea would be bad for your teeth a study conducted has shown that black tea actually destroys cavity causing bacteria.

Eating the right foods will help your teeth, but it is not a total solution.  It is also important to brush after every meal, plus in the morning and at night.  Also floss at least once a day and use a fluoride mouth wash to help restore your enamel.

The causes of bad breath

Everyone battles a case of bad breath occasionally. But what can you do if you notice that bad breath – also known as halitosis – becomes a frequent problem? The first step to eliminating a foul odor is to determine its cause. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common causes of bad breath include food, dental problems and tobacco products.

  • In the case of food, particles that break down in your mouth can result in bad breath, particularly if the food contains “volatile oils.” Common examples are onions and garlic, both of which can cause a person to have bad breath for up to three days after consumption! The reason they stay around for so long is because the oils are absorbed into the bloodstream and eventually moved into the lungs.
  • People who have poor dental hygiene habits are also prone to bad breath. Forgetting to brush and floss frequently means that food gets stuck in between teeth, gathering bacteria and eventually causing a foul odor. The same goes for people who wear dentures: they must be cleaned in order to maintain fresh breath.
  • Not surprisingly, tobacco is a frequent cause of halitosis. Products like cigarettes dry out the mouth and come with their own pungent odor, which is then continued long after the cigarette is put out. Not to mention, tobacco users are more likely to have dental problems, which only compounds the situation as explained above.
  • Interestingly, one other cause of bad breath – which most people refer to as “morning breath” – comes as a result of an overly dry mouth. The Mayo Clinic explains that during sleep, dead cells accumulate on a person’s tongue and then decompose, causing a foul odor. This is especially true for people who sleep with their mouth open, allowing air to further dry out the mouth, tongue and cheeks.

If you have trouble with bad breath, talk to your dentist about other possible causes and treatments. With a little help, you’ll be on your way to a minty smile. If you would like to save on dental procedures then visit True Dental Discounts dental plans.