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Eating Clean for a Healthier Smile

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A clean, bright ‘Hollywood’ smile is usually the goal for most people when it comes to how they want their mouths to look, however all mouths aren’t created equally and sometimes what we want to have isn’t within immediate reach. Is an improved smile and healthier mouth an attainable goal? Absolutely!

Like most things, you get in what you put out; the better you are at maintaining your mouth both at home through regular brushing, flossing, rinsing and by visiting your Aylmer dental professional, the better off your mouth will be. Also, the food and drink that is consumed daily plays a large role in the development and maintenance of the health of your teeth, gums and mouth as a whole. Here are some important things to consider when deciding what to eat based on how it can affect your oral health:

“Rather than choosing starchy chips or crackers as a snack, opt for crunchy vegetables. Fiber-rich vegetables increase salivary flow, which helps wash away lingering bacteria. Ideal crunchy veggies, like carrots, can help promote good dental health. Sugarless gum can be our ally when we can’t brush between meals; chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals helps prevent tooth decay. The physical act of chewing increases the flow of saliva in our mouth, which can neutralize and wash away acids produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on our teeth. Drinks that can harm our health include soda and alcohol. Soda coats our teeth in acid and sugars, which can damage our enamel. Diet sodas also damage teeth; their carbonation is acidic. Similarly, heavy alcohol use actually reduces, not increases, the amount of saliva we produce. This increases our risk of dry mouth and tooth decay. Gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth sores are much more likely for heavy drinkers.

Alcohol also leads to higher plaque levels on teeth, and makes people three times as likely to suffer from permanent tooth loss. Heavy drinking also increases the risk of developing oral cancer.”

The more mindful you are about what you put into your system, the better your mouth (and overall) health will be. Let Aylmer Dentistry your dental services professional help you achieve your best smile yet!

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