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Feed Your Smile to Keep It Healthy and Bright

The dentin that makes up the enamel on your teeth and the tissues that comprise your gums and your jawbones require minerals to maintain their strength and function. The foods and beverages we consume directly impact our oral health. To maintain a beautiful and healthy smile, incorporate good dietary options into your meal and snack times. The following article lists seven you should try:

Cheese

If you’re one of the many people who profess a love of cheese, you now have another reason to enjoy this tasty food. A study published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the journal of the American Academy of General Dentistry, found that eating cheese raised the pH in the subjects’ mouths and lowered their risk of tooth decay. It’s thought that the chewing required to eat cheese increases saliva in the mouth. Cheese also contains calcium and protein, nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel.

Yogurt

Like cheese, yogurt is high in calcium and protein, which makes it a good pick for the strength and health of your teeth. The probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, found in yogurt also benefit your gums because the good bacteria crowd out bacteria that cause cavities. If you decide to add more yogurt to your diet, choose a plain variety with no added sugar.

Almonds

Almonds are great for your teeth because they are a good source of calcium and protein while being low in sugar. Enjoy a quarter cup of almonds with your lunch. You can also add a handful to a salad or to a stir-fry dinner. More details from Colgate

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Feed Your Teeth the Right Way

It is possible to enhance mineral absorption or to rob nutrients from your teeth according to the foods they are exposed to. A healthy diet with the proper ingredients can contribute to a better smile. Read this informative article for more:

Demineralization and remineralization have a crucial impact on the hardness and strength of tooth enamel. The battle to keep teeth strong and healthy is dependent upon the ratio between demineralization and remineralization. Demineralization occurs at a low pH when the oral environment is undersaturated with mineral ions, relative to a tooth’s mineral content. The enamel crystal, which consists of carbonated apatite, is dissolved by organic acids (lactic and acetic) that are produced by the cellular action of plaque bacteria in the presence of dietary carbohydrates.

Remineralization allows the subsequent loss of calcium, phosphate, and fluoride ions to be replaced by fluorapatite crystals. These crystals are more resistant to acid dissolution and are substantially larger than the original crystals, thereby providing a more favourable (smaller) surface to volume ratio. Thus, larger apatite crystals in remineralized enamel are more resistant to enamel breakdown by the resident organic acids.

In the development of dental caries, the relationship between demineralization and remineralization is influenced by the presence of saliva, which facilitates the transportation of ions, oral bacteria, and fermentable carbohydrates to the exposed surfaces of teeth. It is this complex interrelationship that we must understand better in order to fight the battle of maintaining tooth integrity. Continue reading at Dentistry IQ

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Shake It Up!

The return of warmer weather means smoothie season is here again. Create healthy and nutritious shakes that your smile will love by incorporating the following ingredients into a delicious, refreshing smoothie:

Whey Powder

Varieties of whey powder – whey (1154 mg per cup) and sweet whey (1171mg per cup) – also pack a protein punch. Add some to your smoothies for a calcium and protein boost.

Tofu

When it’s fortified with calcium, tofu is a smart choice for your teeth. Raw, firm tofu with added calcium packs 861 mg of calcium per half cup. (Tofu without added calcium comes in around 100-200 mg per serving.) Tofu is naturally gluten-free and contains no cholesterol. It’s also an excellent source of protein, so add it to scrambles, stir-fry, salads and more.

Soy Milk

If you can’t drink regular milk, fortified soymilk can be a great calcium substitute. On average, soymilk enhanced with calcium contains 340 mg per cup (compared to about 61 mg per cup if it’s unfortified). There are many different flavours available, so check the label when you’re shopping to make sure you’re getting the calcium you need (and watch out for any added sugar). Drink alone, use it in cereal or add it to your morning coffee. Additional info at Mouth Healthy

Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne: Charlotte’s #1 Dental Practice

Maintaining a brilliant, healthy smile requires good self-care plus regular professional cleanings and check-ups. Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne is the Charlotte area leader when it comes to creating beautiful smiles. Contact them today to schedule a visit with Dr. Robert Harrell. He is recognized as one of the city’s top dentists year-after-year by <Charlotte Magazine>. Call Adult Dentistry now at 704-541-9888 or use the contact form on the website to make an appointment.