There is more than tooth brush and tooth paste to keep your gums and teeth healthy. Apart from regular brushing to prevent tooth decay and gum problems, it is very important to have a tooth-friendly diet for a beautiful and healthy smile.
A balanced diet including adequate vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium and other important nutrients are essential to maintain a good oral health.
What are your best choices? Here's the latest on foods to choose -- and foods to avoid -- in order to maintain healthy teeth and your bright smile!
Foods to choose
Yogurt: The good bacteria in yogurt help to fight bad ones in your mouth. Six-ounces of plain, sugar-free yogurt a day might help knock out germs between the teeth. Yogurt is also a good source of calcium being a milk product.
Fish: Omega-3 fats may reduce the inflammation (redness and swelling) that occurs when bacteria irritates your gums.
Fruits and Veggies: Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables stimulate saliva, which contains antimicrobials that fight bacteria. Citrus fruits also are a healthier choice as Vitamin C keeps your gums healthy.
Cheese: Like milk, cheese is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, nutrients important for building strong teeth.
Foods to avoid
Beverages: Carbonated/soft drinks are bad for teeth. Carbonation increases acidity and thus erodes the enamel of the teeth. Coffee, tea, and red wine also tend to stain teeth.
Candies and highly-sweetened snacks: Sticky and gummy candies are the biggest threats, since they bind to teeth, making it hard for saliva to wash them away. The combination of starch and sugar, like pastries, are more likely to get stuck as plaques between teeth.
It is always more than brushing your teeth for a healthy smile!