It is common knowledge that brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily as well as regular dental visits to a qualified dentist like Dr. Kristy Gretzula here at Hawley Lane Dental in Stratford, CT are vital to keeping your teeth at their healthiest. There are additional ways you can keep your smile looking healthy and feeling its best in between dental check-ups…
Chew gum after meals
Chewing sugar-free gum after you finish eating helps stimulate saliva flow. With an increase in saliva, the teeth are rinsed and food particles are broken down and washed away leading to a cleaner mouth. Research has also suggested that chewing gums sweetened with xylitol (two pieces after each meal) or cinnamon can help in preventing bacteria from forming cavities.
Tea contains flavonoids that have long been known for their health benefits but recent research has shown their dental benefit as well. Flavonoids can inhibit bacteria from forming plaque and ultimately causing cavities. Black tea, in particular, contains natural fluoride which also can help prevent cavities. Tea sweetened with sugar or honey can have the opposite effect however and lead to an increase in cavities. It is best to drink your tea unsweetened or use an artificial sweetener.
Eat a more balanced diet
Diets rich in calcium, vitamin C and E as well as folic acid and non-acidic foods help contribute to healthier gums and a possible decrease in cavities. Cheese, nuts, popcorn, vegetables and high protein foods such as eggs or meats are healthier choices when choosing a snack or meal. Healthier foods will not only contribute to better oral health but also a overall better bill of health.
For more information on the best ways to take care of your teeth or to book your dental appointment here at our Stratford, CT dentist office feel free to contact Hawley Lane Dental at 203-377-9300 or book your appointment online using our online appointment booking portal – New Patients – Returning Patients.