Diet for Healthy Teeth-
We all have heard about the famous saying ‘First Impression is the last Impression’ and most often it’s a smile.
It can influence the success of personnel and business relationships which majorly depends on what we eat and drink, and so it should be healthy enough to avoid a less desirable smile.
A regular 6monthly dental checkup can help treat cavities but few everyday ways can help us boost our dental health.
Antioxidants and other essential nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and other every day foods boost the body’s immunity and promote good oral health.
Along with brushing twice and rinsing after every meal, following foods can help optimize our dental health this winter.
1. Eat Cheese- High calcium content and lactic acid found in cheese and other dairy products act to strengthen the enamel and prevent decay. As per research protein, Calcium, Phosphorous content in cheese helps promote anticavity properties.
2. Black coffee- Good news for those whose day begins with a cup of black coffee. Moderate coffee consumption may have a protective effect against periodontal health by reducing the number of teeth with bone loss and weak gums. Drinking moderate amount of black coffee has been shown to protect your teeth from decay and actually helps fight plaque. But excessive coffee is harmful as it can give you sleepless nights and dental teeth stains.
3. Eat Gummy Bears- It may actually be a treat for kids and adults but a study shows children who ate gummy bears with Xylitol one of the main ingredients, three times a day, had less plaque and bacteria on their teeth. Xylitol gummy bear snack may be an alternative to xylitol chewing gum for dental cavity prevention.
4. Increase your salad portion, incorporating carrots, reddish in your salads or snack not only have health benefits but also helps in excersing your gums and teeth.
5. Stay Hydrated- Regular intervals of water intake will avoid any bacterial deposit in and around your teeth and gums thereby preventing any bad breath and growth of bacteria.
6. Drink Green Tea/ Black Tea- Consumption of tea can help battle bacteria, acid and even glucosyltransferase an enzyme that enable dental plaque to stick to teeth. Tea is able to absorb fluoride, which can help protect against tooth erosion. Hence black unsweetened tea or green tea helps reduce inflammation and prevent the adhesion and growth of bacreria in the mouth.
So Eat healthy, Stay Healthy.
Small painful mouth sores can be anywhere in the mouth lips, soft palate, hard palate, cheeks, gum base, tongue and even on the roof of the mouth. When situated inside the mouth, they can cause pain during eating or swallowing, especially with hot or spicy foods. A bigger cause for concern is that these mouth sores or mouth ulcers or canker sores could be an indication of an underlying health condition. A lot of chronic diseases, including HIV, herpes, and syphilis, manifest themselves as mouth sores. The following are some of the health conditions to watch out for when you have mouth sores. Each disease has characteristic appearance and so very often are easy to identify.
1. Herpes simplex (HSV1): The herpes simplex virus causes sores on the lips only which are usually painful with red blisters that last about 10 to 14 days. These are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 and the sores appear about 20 days after contracting the virus. Also, once they enter the system, they can cause recurrent attacks especially when the immunity is low.
2. Canker sore: The most common type of mouth ulcer, they are also known as aphthous ulcers and are usually seen on the soft tissues of the mouth (not the hard palate or the gum base). These are generally innocuous and heal within 5 to 7 days. Do reach out for medical help if there are more than 5 to 6 bouts of canker sores in a year.
3. Oral thrush: Also known as candidiasis, this is where there are whitish lesions on the tongue and the insides of the mouth. Candida is a fungus that is normally present in the mouth, but when the immune system is weakened, it can lead to an infection, orally manifested as white lesions. These are typical and appear in toddlers and in patients with anemia, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or cancer patients on chemotherapy.
4. HIV/AIDS: Another disease which first can be diagnosed in the mouth is HIV/AIDS. In the first stages of infection, known as acute retroviral syndrome, where the first symptoms of the disease begin to manifest, oral ulcers are one of the first symptoms. With the other associated symptoms, more workup for diagnosis should be done followed by appropriate treatment.
5. Oral cancers: The lining of the inside of the mouth can develop cancer and usually it appears in the form of chronic non healing ulcer that just does not go away. Seen anywhere in the mouth, nonhealing ulcers are a cause for concern and should be investigated and treated.
As seen above, mouth sores may be harmless often, but in some cases, may have something more to tell about the health in some cases. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.