Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Healthier Smile

Protect your teeth and gums with three tips from top experts.

The Dentist Says:
Stick to straws - Teas, coffees, juice and soda can leave teeth discolored and weak. One easy fix: use a straw. Direct the straw to the roof of your mouth so teeth aren't exposed. If you do not have a straw, swish your mouth with water when your are done drinking!

(Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty,DMD, San Antonio, TX )

The Nutritionist says:
End your meal with cheese - When you consume carbs the bacteria in your mouth produces enamel -eating acids. But calcium-rich foods offset this damage by boosting levels of tooth-protecting minerals. Try eating cheese after meals to neutralize what you have ate earlier.

(Sarah Krieger,RDN, Spokesperson,Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

The Doctor Says: 
Discuss meds with your dentist - Drugs such as antidepressants and blood pressure medications can interfere with your ability to produce saliva. This can lead to dry mouth and a higher risk for oral diseases. Keep your dentist in the loop about any pills you're taking.

(Reid Blackwelder,MD, board chair,American Academy of Family Physicians)

*Women's Day Magazine March 2015 Copy.

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