Nutrition for a healthy smile

Brushing and flossing are all essential for a clean healthy white smile. Did you know how much of an impact your nutrition has on your teeth, too?

A variety of nutrient rich foods from different food groups promotes healthy teeth. Essential nutrients for optimum oral health as well as overall health has to come from a balanced diet. A mixture of whole grains, protein rich foods, calcium- rich foods, vegetables and fruits are all the foods you need for your health.

Optimum Oral Health Foods

Phosphorus- This is good for strong teeth, and you can find it in eggs, fish, lean meat, dairy, nuts and beans.

Calcium-rich foodsThey promote healthy bones and strong teeth. Eating foods such as low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt and cheese, fortified soy drinks and tofu, canned salmon will give you your calcium intake.

Vitamin C- This is great for your gum health, so eating plenty of citrus fruits, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, potatoes and spinach will give you what you need.

Have you ever heard the term ‘Smart snacking’ ? It is basically swapping unhealthy options for healthy choices. Resisting sugary treats like sweets and chocolate for popcorn, raw vegetables, fruits and yogurt is needed. Snacking less frequently and choosing wisely will reduce the acid attacks on your teeth and keep your mouth in good shape. Remember to brush half an hour after you have eaten or rinse your mouth out with plain water and floss to get rid of food particles.

Healthy eating isn’t all you have to be conscious of. You can prevent oral health problems by practising good oral hygiene, such as brushing teeth twice a day for at least two- three minutes with a fluoride toothpaste such as BioMin.

In addition to brushing teeth, flossing your teeth and using a mouthwash everyday will help keep your teeth clean and free from cavities.

Be sure to drink at least two to three litres of water everyday to prevent dry mouth (dehydration). Drinking water helps keep tooth decay at bay. It not only hydrates you but it also washes away old food while neutralizing acids. It helps saliva which acts as your mouth’s first defence against tooth decay.

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