By Faith McGee
Eating Healthy and Healthy Teeth
Healthy food and snacks are an essential step to healthy teeth and gums. Avoid sugars and sticky foods and take vitamin supplements, if necessary, to avert many dental problems.
By Faith McGee
OverviewHealthy teeth are usually a symptom of a well-tended body. A host of medical problems can arise, such as coronary disease and immune problems, from poor dental hygiene. Through a nutritious diet, an individual can ensure the longevity of the teeth and overall well-being.Tooth DecayTooth decay can occur through a diet of sugary foods. When plaque accumulates on the teeth, the bacteria continues to thrive off of the sugar you consume. Slowly the plaque produces an acid, which eats away at tooth enamel and results in a cavity. Eventually, the plaque will irritate the gums and cause gum disease. As gums pull away from the teeth, pockets form, which can fill with pus. This disease is one of the main reasons people lose teeth. Proper brushing and flossing will not alleviate all the symptoms of tooth decay. While most foods do contain some sugar, there are many foods you can avoid for healthy teeth.Refined CarbohydratesAlthough grains are part of the food pyramid, it is suggested to limit wheat that has been milled. Through the process of manufacturing flour, nutrients such as fiber, vitamin B and iron are removed. Suggested carbohydrates to avoid are pasta, crackers, chips, white bread and pastries. Substitute those foods with whole grains such as wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, buckwheat, oats and wheat germ.Chewy FoodsWhen the mouth does not produce enough saliva to wash bacteria from the teeth, plaque often results. Honey, raisins, caramel apples, taffy and jelly beans are regular culprits of tooth decay.GumGum is often used to relieve bad breath and suppress appetites, but gum is the perfect food for causing dental problems. It is best to chew a sugar-free gum or even to incorporate the herb mint into your diet. Sprinkle a few sprigs into water for a refreshing minty aftertaste. Mint has also been known to alleviate bloating and aid in digestion.BeveragesMany beverages can be linked to gum disease and tooth decay. Carbonated sodas are filled with sugar and contain phosphorus acid, which can etch tooth enamel. Even diet sodas have carbonation that will have similar effects. Also, fruit and vegetable juices are high in sugar and citric acid. It might surprise some health-conscience people that their daily smoothie might be sending them to the dentist. Be sure to watch out for sports drinks. Their pH balance is comparable to carbonated sodas and could be the source of your plaque buildup.SugarIf you spent a day reading ingredient labels, you would be shocked at the products that contain sugar. Most people know cookies and candy are made up of sugar, but how many people know that sugar is often the second ingredient in condiments and sauces? Spaghetti sauce and ketchup are two of the worst offenders. Others include cranberry sauce, salad dressing, granola, trail mix, many frozen foods, Chinese food and energy bars. Stick with meals that have lots of raw vegetables and fruits. Refrain from eating processed food or fast food. You will not only reduce your risk for diabetes, lose weight, and feel better, but have healthier teeth.Vegetarians and VegansMany vegetarians and vegans are deficient in important nutrients and vitamins. This gives plaque even more ammunition to attack teeth. Ask your doctor about the supplements you need. Common vegetation vitamins consist of calcium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D. Consistently, brush and floss, make check-up appointments with your dentist, and get your teeth cleaned. It’s always less expensive and less painful in the long run to get your teeth cleaned regularly. By keeping an eye on what you eat, you are more likely to enter old age with all of your teethResourcesreferenceDental HealthreferenceMedical Problems from Bad Teeth
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