Slimming Down? How to Improve Your Health and Oral Hygiene

Did you know that the state of your teeth and gums can provide insight into the overall health of your body? In fact, common health issues such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and even alcoholism can be signaled by poor oral health. While it may come as no surprise that you should steer clear of processed foods and excessive sugar as you tone your summer body, you can proactively take care of your mouth by incorporating these food items into your daily diet. Take it a step further by visiting your local Aliso Viejo Family Dentist to have your oral hygiene examined.

What signals poor oral hygiene and health?

Cavities: First and foremost, cavities, or the lack thereof, provide great insight into the health of your mouth. Essentially, a cavity is a hole in the tooth’s enamel and the majority of children and adults have at least one. According to Precision Nutrition, cavities result from the build-up of plaque – a sticky slimy substance composed mostly of bacteria.  In order to prevent nerve damage, seek treatment quickly.

Periodontal Disease: Gingivitis and gum inflammation are early indicators of periodontal, or gum disease. With effective and proper treatment, this can be reversed when tackled early on. If not, the pockets created by inflammation or receding gums can lead to other chronic health issues and the destruction of tissue.

So, how can I prevent these conditions?

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, these nutrients and supplements not only help you slim down, but they can also improve your oral health.

Probiotics: According to the same article, probiotics may help to decrease gingivitis and plaque; bacteria in fermented foods might suppress the growth of pathogens in the oral cavity.

Cranberries: Anthocyanins, commonly found in cranberries, may prevent pathogens from colonizing and attaching to the host or tooth.

Green Tea: The polyphenols in green tea reduce the toxic products of mouth bacteria and is rich in fluoride, a natural tooth strengthener.

Chewing Gum with Pycnogenol: Pine bark and sap can reduce bleeding in gums and plaque buildup.

Fluoride: Fluoride promotes effective calcium absorption and increases the health of teeth when applied topically.

Whole Foods: Unprocessed, whole foods provide plenty of nutrients and supplements that your body craves, plus it’s a great workout for your mouth and gums!

At Turner Dental Care, we’re here for all of your dental needs. From cosmetic restorations to general dentistry, our family run business is committed to providing the quality treatment and care you deserve. For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, we invite you to contact our experts today at (949) 770-3294.