Dr. Henry Kim Dentistry in Mission Viejo believes each and every patient should have the most beautiful smile possible, that is why we gathered some tips to help you achieve a more beautiful smile.
Even patients who are committed to regular brushing, flossing, and visiting their dentist can benefit from these Oral Health Tips. Of course, regular oral hygiene routine is the most important factor to a healthy and happy smile, but a few simple changes to your diet can also help to keep your teeth healthy for life. It may be more obvious that excellent nutrition helps build an excellent body, however, it also follows that whatever you eat affects your teeth and gums too.
While sugar may be the most usual suspect when it comes to harmful foods for your oral health, there are also some surprising - even healthy - foods that can cause cavities. Here are some great tips for nutrition and oral health to help you get a more beautiful smile and optimal dental health.
Eat carbs at mealtime
Trade in those carb-loaded snacks and eat the majority of your daily carbs during mealtimes. When you eat larger amounts of food, you produce more saliva, which helps to wash away food particles. You’ll want to wash away as much of the food particles from heavy carb foods because carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are ultimately converted by bacteria in the mouth into plaque. Plaque is the sticky residue that is responsible for gum disease and cavities. Bread, crackers, chips, and other carb-heavy foods tend to have a chewy, adhesive texture, which makes it easier for them to get stuck between your teeth and under your gums.
Both black and green teas contain polyphenols, which is an antioxidant plant compound that prevents plaque from sticking to your teeth. Tea also has the ability to reduce bad breath because it inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes odors.
Calcium is your friend
People who eat 800 mg of calcium a day are less likely to develop severe gum disease because about 99% of calcium in your body is in your bones and teeth. Dietary calcium from cheese, milk, yogurt and other products helps to strengthen the jaw bone that helps hold your teeth in place.
Rely on vitamin C
Vitamin C acts as a cement that helps to hold all of your cells together, and it is most vital for your gum tissue. Similar to calcium, those who consumed 180 mg or more of vitamin C daily were less likely to have gum disease than those who consumed less than 60 mg per day.
As you can see, your diet not only affects your nutrition and overall health, but it also affects your oral health. By making slight changes to your diet and following a recommended oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing daily, you’ll be on your way to a more beautiful and healthier smile. If you have any questions, please give us a call here, at Henry Kim Dentistry in Mission Viejo. (949-472-5499)