CHICAGO /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —Healthy eating is key to good health, and that includes mouth health. After all, the mouth is the gateway to the body. The American Dental Association (ADA) serves up these tips in observance of Nutrition Month.
Watch that sugar: Common sense, right? But many people don’t know that the plaque on teeth contain bacteria that can cause cavities. The bacteria feed on sugar, releasing acid that attacks the teeth. Sugary foods and beverages provide an all-day buffet for these cavity creators. Train your taste buds to enjoy healthy fare such as fruit and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. Your teeth and your waistline will thank you.
Sip all day, risk decay:Sipping sugary beverages – even that seemingly innocent fruit juice – over extended periods creates an environment where the teeth are constantly attacked by acid. Sipping fluoridated water is best for your teeth. If you choose soda, have it with a meal.
Get your saliva flowing: Chewing increases the flow of saliva in your mouth, so if you chew sugarless gum after a meal, the increased salivary flow can help prevent cavities by neutralizing and washing away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on your teeth.
Eat your vitamins: Eating calcium-rich foods such as cheese, leafy greens, and almonds are good for the teeth. Protein-rich foods such as meat, eggs, and fish are good sources of phosphorus. Both of these minerals can help rebuild tooth enamel and bone.
In addition to eating a balanced diet, the ADA recommends limiting between-meal snacks, brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly.
Share these ADA tips with patients. For more information, please visit the ADA’s consumer website at www.Mouthhealthy.org.