Your Tooth Protection Plan
Even though teeth are hard and bone like, they're very much alive.
Like your skin, muscles, or any other part of your body, they must be well nourished to stay healthy.
In fact, selecting nutritious foods is probably as important as staying away from cavity-causing foods in relation to your oral-health.
While there's no substitute for regular brushing and flossing, choosing the right foods, particularly those that provide large amounts of calcium and vitamins-A and C, will help keep your teeth and gums strong.
At the same time, it's important not to bombard your teeth frequently with sugary, sticky snacks, which make it easy for cavity-causing bacteria to flourish.
Dental-Health & Eating for Strong Teeth
Just as bones need calcium to stay strong, your teeth also depend on this essential mineral, especially during the early years.
Calcium-rich foods are extremely important.
Without calcium, teeth won't form.
And in adults, calcium fortifies the bone that supports the teeth so they don't loosen over time.
Getting more dairy foods in your diet is about the best dental-health protection teeth can have.
A glass of low-fat milk or a serving of yogurt, for example, each contains about 300 milligrams of calcium, about 30 percent of the Daily Value (DV).
You can get somewhat smaller amounts from low-fat cheeses and some leafy green vegetables like turnip greens, bok choy, and curly endive.
You need more than just calcium for good dental-health.
You also need a variety of vitamins, including vitamins-C and A.
The body uses vitamin-C to make collagen, a tough protein fiber that keeps the gums strong. Vitamin A is used to form dentin, a layer of bone-like material just beneath the surface of the teeth.
It's easy to get enough of both of these nutrients in your dental-health diet plan.
A half-cup serving of cooked broccoli, for example, has 58 milligrams of vitamin-C, almost 97 percent of the DV.
A half-cup serving of cantaloupe has 34 milligrams, 57 percent of the DV and a medium-size navel orange has 80 milligrams, 133 percent of the DV.
The best way to get your vitamin-A is by eating foods high in beta-carotene, which is then converted to vitamin A in your body.
Sweet potatoes (Yams) are a great source, with a half-cup providing over 21,000 international units of vitamin-A, more than four times the DV.
Try Sweet Potato fries.
You may not go back to the original!
Other good sources of beta-carotene include kale, carrots, and most of the yellow-orange winter squashes.
(Despite its hue, acorn squash is a beta-carotene lightweight, with only 0.2 milligram in a half-cup.)
Dental-Health & the Sticky Issues
While some foods help keep the insides of the teeth healthy, others aren't so good for the outside.
Sugary foods, for example, make it possible for large amounts of bacteria to flourish in the mouth.
Over time, the bacteria and the acids they produce act almost like little dental drills, wearing away the surface of the teeth and allowing cavities to form.
Even fruit juices, which many people drink as a healthful alternative to sodas, can be a problem for your dental-health.
"Juice is a very concentrated source of sugar."
In fact, researchers in Switzerland found that grapefruit and apple juices did slightly more damage to teeth than cola did.
While sweet foods can be a problem, sticky foods are even worse for good dental-health.
The reason for this is that because such foods stick to the teeth, they make it easy for bacteria to remain in the mouth for long periods of time.
Don't get us wrong here.
You don't have to give up the occasional sweet.
It's important, however, to take precautions.
Just take a minute to brush your teeth after eating snacks or having a sweet drink.
Even if you can't brush, simply rinsing out your mouth with water will help remove sugars before the bacteria have time to do damage.
It's not only what you eat, but how you eat, that plays a role in keeping teeth strong.
Your mouth naturally produces saliva every time you chew, so the more you chew during a meal for example, or while chewing gum, the more saliva there is to wash away sugars from your teeth.
As a bonus, saliva also contains calcium and phosphorus, which help neutralize tooth-damaging acids that form in the mouth after eating.
While you're at the dinner table, you may want to consider having a little cheese.
Researchers aren't sure why, but eating cheese appears to play a role in preventing tooth decay.
It may be that cheese contains compounds that neutralize acids in the mouth before they do damage.
And now you know how important a role good nutrition plays in a solid regime, which in turn helps in our quest in anti-aging!
Teeth Whitening Home Remedy:
1/4 cup of baking soda + lemon juice from half of a lemon.
Apply with cotton ball or q-tip.
Leave on for no longer than 1 minute, then brush teeth to remove.Tweet
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