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Healthy Diet, Healthy Smile

Bothell, WA College Kids Taking SelfieOral hygiene is important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums and keeping the smile beautiful. This is as important for adults as it is for kids. A routine of twice daily brushing, flossing once a day, and having the teeth cleaned and examined is essential for keeping oral health issues like decay and gum disease away. While your oral healthcare habits are important, so too are the things that you eat. A healthy diet is crucial for a healthy smile. Noreen Goldwire, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can help.

Dairy Products

These products are high in calcium, vitamin D, and phosphates. Cheese increases saliva production, which is essential for washing away both harmful bacteria and the food particles that feed them. Additionally, cheese neutralizes acids in your mouth, raising its pH level. This helps to prevent bacterial growth. Avoid products that have added sugar such as most yogurts. Also remember to never let a baby or toddler fall asleep with milk as the natural sugars in milk can cause rampant tooth decay.

Fresh, Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh, crunchy fruits and vegetables provide a whole host of essential vitamins and minerals, making them an ideal snack. In addition to the nutrients, these foods act like a toothbrush, scrubbing your teeth as you chew. This aids in removing plaque and bacteria from their surfaces, helping to keep your teeth clean throughout the day.

Dark, Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens provide calcium, iron, and plenty of antioxidants. Incorporating these into your diet can help to remineralize your teeth and protect your gums from infection. If you are not exactly a fan of greens, you can try incorporating them into a smoothie. Not only will a smoothie mask the flavor, but the additional fruits and vegetables can also give you a wide variety of essential nutrients all in one drink.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is found in numerous foods, including citrus, peppers, tomatoes, and strawberries. This vitamin is essential for killing harmful bacteria, which can then help to reduce your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, vitamin C aids in the prevention of scurvy while also boosting collagen levels in your gums, helping to keep your gum tissue healthy.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking water throughout the day is essential for keeping you hydrated. Staying hydrated helps to ensure a proper salivary flow, which, in turn, prevents you from developing a dry mouth. When your mouth is dry, it creates an ideal environment for hosting bacterial growth. Not only does drinking plenty of water keep your mouth moist, but it also helps to wash away food particles and debris that may be lingering in your mouth.

Be aware that different bottled waters have different pHs and that some are very acidic and may contribute to tooth decay. Most have filtered out the fluoride and minerals that help protect your teeth. You should choose water that has a neutral or alkaline pH.

A healthy, well-balanced diet can help you to maintain the overall health of your whole body, your teeth and gums included. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call Noreen Goldwire, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today at (425) 485-4010.
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