Archive for October, 2013

Follow a Healthy Diet for Good Oral Health
October 1, 2013

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Following a healthy diet is just as important for your body as it is for your teeth and gums, but unfortunately not all health conscious folks eat the best foods for oral health. According to your favorite Dentist in Chino Hills, maintaining a healthy diet can prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, and even periodontal disease. By eating foods that are rich in calcium, you can improve the overall health of your teeth and gums. 

Recent Japanese research conducted with almost 950 adults determined that the group who consumed more dairy products containing lactic acids had a lower risk of gum disease. Dr. Han and VIP Dentistry will also tell you that dairy products like cheese, milk, and yogurt help your teeth and gums reducing your risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease. 

Participants in the study were evaluated with two measurements of the periodontal pockets. The research proved that those who consumed lactic acid in drinks and yogurt significantly lowered their chance of gum disease when the amount was 55 grams or more. According to the study, probiotic effects from the Lactobacillus bacteria were directly related to healthier gums. 

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Tea drinkers can rejoice in the fact that consuming green and black tea, which is loaded with healthy antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory healing properties. Brew a cup of black tea and skip the lemon, milk and sugar and according to your Chino Hills Dentist, you can help suppress tooth decay. 

Your Chino Hills Dentist will tell you that having a balanced diet full of foods high in vitamin C like kiwi, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, and tomatoes can also boost your resistance to gum disease.  Just be careful to keep high acidic fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit and tomatoes to a minimum or as part of a larger meal as the acids can wear away the enamel on your teeth. 

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When it comes to healthy food choices make sure that you drink plenty of fluoridated water and steer clear of sugary sodas, sports and energy drinks. If you must drink something after you workout, keep a water bottle handy. Energy and sports drinks not only contain sugar, but they are also loaded with acids. 

Your Chino Hills Dentist will tell you that starchy foods like potato chips, French fries, white bread and even pasta can stick to your teeth causing bacteria to attach to the enamel on your enamel. 

If you would like more information on what you should and should not eat, schedule an appointment with Dr. Han and VIP Dentistry in Chino Hills. 

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