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The Simple Ways to Ensure a Healthy Mouth

Posted on 10/15/2015 by Dr. Wagle
A collection of yellow vitamin pills.Your mouth is very important to take care of throughout your life. Even though your health will change and the circumstances in your life will differ, you always need to be consistent about your oral health care. Sometimes, though, your oral health habits mean more than how you brush and floss your teeth. The diet that you consume can play a large role in your mouth's ability to stay healthy. If you follow the below tips, you will give your mouth the ultimate environment that allows it to stay healthy and strong.

Get your Vitamin C
One of the most important nutrients for your teeth is Vitamin C. This means more than the Vitamin C supplements that you may take when you feel a cold coming on; it means eating foods that are rich in Vitamin C on a regular basis. This will help your mouth be able to fight off the free radicals that promise to cause problems with your oral health. The foods that are high in Vitamin C include: green/red peppers, kale, broccoli, and strawberries. Even though oranges are high in Vitamin C too, they are too acidic, which eats away at the enamel on your teeth, putting them at risk for harm, which means they should be avoided or at the very least, consumed in moderation.

Get your Calcium
Another important nutrient that your teeth and gums need is calcium. This helps to promote straw jaw bones, gum tissue, and enamel. Calcium can be found in low-fat dairy including milk, yogurt and cheese and should be consumed on a daily basis to ensure optimal oral health.

Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are crucial to overall physical and oral health. The best way to eat them, however, is raw! This ensures that you will get the nutrients you need without the risk of them being cooked away. Sometimes cooking vegetables for too long or with the wrong method can diminish the nutrients that the vegetable once contained. In addition, raw fruits and vegetables often serve as "scrubbers" for your teeth, helping to clean them even though you do not have a toothbrush handy. A few examples of good scrubbing foods include: carrots, celery, broccoli, and apples.

Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is crucial to your oral health, but what you think of as staying hydrated might be different than what is actually good for your teeth. Generally, the only drink that you should consume on a regular basis is water. This will help to keep your mouth hydrated, your saliva production up, and your teeth clean. In addition to water, consuming low-fat milk can benefit your oral health thanks to the calcium content in this drink. It is acceptable to drink other drinks once in a while, but you should limit the consumption of soda, red wine and juice to eliminate the risk of tooth decay and acid erosion.

If you are worried about your oral health, it is time to start paying attention to what you put in it. Your diet impacts more than your internal organs and weight; it also impacts your oral health. Before you consume sugary sweets, carbohydrates, or acidic drinks, think about what it will do to your teeth. Your diet should include all of the appropriate vitamins and minerals that your teeth and mouth need in order to stay healthy. The proper consumption of nutrients can ensure that you keep the risks of gum disease at bay, giving you a lifetime of proper oral health!

If you are worried about your oral health or how your diet impacts your teeth, please call us for an appointment today!

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