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Why Our Oral Health is more important than a brilliant white smile:

Why Our Oral Health is more important than a brilliant white smile:

Everyone wants a pearly white smile right? Our oral health is actually more important - it’s a window into your body’s overall health.

It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. - systemic diseases like diabetes, AIDS and Sjögren’s syndrome, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems. Researchers have found that periodontitis (gum disease) is linked with health problems like cardiovascular disease, strokes and bacterial pneumonia. Adults with gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) performed worse on tests of memory and other cognitive skills. Although a cause-and-effect link is not concrete.
Daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing are essential to a healthy smile, but nutrition has an effect on your dental health, too. Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods from all the food groups promotes healthy teeth and gums. A balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, protein foods, calcium-rich foods and whole grains provides essential nutrients for optimum oral health as well as overall health.

Calcium-rich foods, such as low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt and cheese, fortified soy drinks and tofu, canned salmon, almonds and dark green leafy vegetables help promote strong teeth and bones.
Phosphorus, found in eggs, fish, lean meat, dairy, nuts and beans is good for strong teeth.
Vitamin C promotes gum health, so eat plenty of citrus fruits, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, potatoes and spinach.

Smart snacking is key. Resist the urge to snack frequently - the more often you eat, especially between meals, the more likely you are to introduce acid attacks on your teeth. If you do snack, forgo sugary treats and opt for nutritious choices such as raw vegetables, fruits, plain yogurt etc. Remember to brush after snacking or at least rinse your mouth with water to get rid of food particles.