In part two of New Year Oral Health Resolutions, we share tips on beverages that will keep you hydrated and healthy, as well as food and drink that are harmful to your oral health. Read on to find out!
In addition to keeping your body hydrated and your skin clear, water is also equally as effective in cleaning your mouth of bacteria and food particles. Be sure to rinse your mouth with a glass or two of water after finishing a meal!
Black and green teas contain polyphenols, compounds that prevent the growth of bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease. In addition to keeping you warm and refreshed in this cold weather, these teas also reduce bad breath.
Sugarless gum encourages chewing, which in turn increases the production of saliva. Like crunchy fruits and vegetables, the increase in saliva helps in cleansing your mouth of bacteria. Have a piece of gum after finishing a meal to quickly cleanse and freshen up your mouth!
Eat and drink less of food and drink that have a high sugar content such as soda, sugary coffee and tea, candy and baked goods. Sugar is a large cause for teeth decay and allow bacteria and plaque to easily stick to your teeth. When you do indulge in these types of food, try to do so in a short period of time as opposed to constantly throughout the day. Eating and drinking these foods throughout the day results in continued exposure to sugar and with it, constant decay and bacteria-causing acids and bacteria.
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