Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Eat, Drink And Keep Smiling!

We all know that too many sweets are bad for teeth.  But there are a few "not so well known" diet tips that can result in a beautiful smile.

Eat carbs at mealtimes.  Carbs, such as breads and chips, break down into the sugars that teeth-harming bacteria love!  However, when carbs are eaten with larger amounts of food (a full meal instead of just a snack),  more saliva is produced and that helps wash away the food particles that attract the nasty bacteria.

Sip with a straw.  Most sodas, sports drinks and juices contain acid that can erode tooth enamel.  Sipping these beverages through a straw that's positioned at the back of the mouth limits their contact with teeth.

Drink tea with snacks.  Tea contains polyphenol, an antioxidant plant compound that prevents plaque from adhering to teeth.

Up Vitamin C intake.  This powerhouse vitamin helps keep teeth and gums healthy.

Don't forget calcium.  Dietary calcium from cheese, milk and yogurt strengthens the alveolar bone in the jaw...that's the bone that helps hold your teeth in place!