Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Eat Your Way To A Healthy Smile

Achieving a healthy, beautiful smile may be as easy as following a few simple eating tips:

Eat carbs at mealtimes.  Carbs, such as breads and chips, break down into the sugars that teeth-harming bacteria love!  But, when carbs are eaten along with larger amounts of other foods (such as with a meal instead of alone as a snack), the body produces more saliva, which helps wash away the particles that can attract nasty bacteria.

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

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.

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

Eat Calcium.  Dietary calcium from cheese, milk and yogurt strengthens the alveolar bone in the jaw...and that's the bone that helps hold teeth in place!

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