Diet, dental and dating your partner!

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Context: Teeth and gums, the most crucial nut and bolts of a smiling face, which everyone’ partner would love to expect to mean a date as memorable! Just not about adults dating but even for the children too to win hearts of their teachers, friends from family and school smiling mouth is the biggest scorer for a confident personality.

So they should in all ways possible be protected from tooth decay, acid attacks, sensitivity etc. Tooth decay is the single biggest chronic disease of childhood. Gum disease is the single biggest cause of tooth loss in adults.

  1. Eating too much sugar makes your teeth vulnerable to acid attack, so decreasing sugar consumption only would serve the purpose?
  2. Next big aspect that impacts your teeth health is the lack of antioxidants and nutrients in your food, then from where to get them?
  3. Thirdly, saliva shields your teeth from decay better than anything else; then how to keep it flowing in mouth all time?
  4. Fourth major concern that affects your dental health is what you eat and when you eat. Oh I see; then what’s the diet table and schedule should look alike?

You see it is not just about the customary “Don’t eat sugar” funda but several other things to take care of for a healthy mouth simultaneously. Let’s visualize them one by one:

Liquefy your mouth as much as possible:

  1. Water being proteins and mineral rich it may counteract enamel eating acids by mixing up with your saliva. So drink as much as possible water in a day. The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day.
  2. Green Tea is a rich source of polyphenol, which can slow down the growth of bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease. Thus don’t miss the relaxed sip of tea in a day.
  3. High water fruits and vegetables, for more details on it please refer to point 4 of “Foods” section below.

Foods: Eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups such as Vegetables and legumes/beans, Fruits, Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties, Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds and legumes/beans and Milk, yoghurt cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat. Their categorized consumption assures following protections of your teeth:

  1. Antioxidants protect gums, tissues from bacterial attacks thus cell damage by producing collagen, a highly essentials protein to maintain you gums strong. So give place to Vitamin C rich fruits such as oranges, tomatoes, and strawberry in your daily diet.
  2. Calcium is basic requirement of your teeth because it protects your teeth against periodontal (gum) disease, and to maintain its minimum quantum include green leafy vegetables, seaweeds and sea vegetables in your diet.
  3. Don’t shy away from Sun Bath because it is needed to use calcium, so get it in your habit to sit in Sun for 10-15 minutes daily if you work under roof. Eat free range eggs or supplement with cod liver oil to get best results of vitamin.
  4. High water fruits and raw vegetables dilute the saliva which washes away food particles and plaque from teeth. So include salad of fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, carrots, peppers and celery as an integral part of your diet, at least once a day.
  5. Our mouth needs continuous cell growth and repair, and folic acid here is the catchiest element to flow through our veins. So eat folic acid rich vegetables such as broccoli, kale, spinach, peas and asparagus. They all yield quantity folic acid thus serve the purpose efficiently.

Tips to recognize avoidable foods:

  1. Always the ingredient labels on foods and beverages packages to choose the ones with least sugar elements. Especially avoid soft drinks, candy, cookies and pastries as much as possible.
  2. Get your food chart build by your dietitian or dentist to get maximum of nutrients in it so that your tissues could get sufficient of it to shield your teeth from gum disease.
  3. If you are enough Internet savvy then use this online ChooseMyPlate.gov application from U.S. Department of Agriculture to deliver you dietary recommendations for children and adults both.
  4. If you are on a special diet, keep your physician’s advice in mind when choosing foods.
  5. Replace snacks with healthy food as much as possible like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese.
  6. Read our this article to know about when and when not to do teeth brushing during a day.

Conclusion: Simple as explained above, keep the food as much nutrient as possible, drink and eat liquid foods, raw vegetables, fruits, sit in sun and last but not least brush regularly.