It’s no secret that what you eat can influence your oral health. After all, your mouth is the first part of your body to come into contact with your meal, and therefore is the only part of your body to receive the full effect of the food before it has been tempered and processed by your teeth, saliva, and digestive system. For instance, most of us have been warned since childhood to refrain from eating too much sugar to lower our risks of cavities. We’ve also discussed how your mouth requires nutrients that must be consumed because your body does not produce them, such as calcium. Today, Lone Tree dentist, Dr. Osborn, discusses how supplementing your diet with adequate amounts of fish can also benefit your oral health by reducing your risk of developing gum disease.
All About Inflammation
Health experts already advise a healthy dose of fish and/or fish oil supplements for the supply of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which can help improve heart health by controlling inflammation that can damage arteries, blood vessels, and heart tissue. Inflammation, which is your body’s natural response to invading microbes, is also a contributing factor to the onset of gum disease.
Most people would admit that they wish their smiles were at least a little brighter. This may be due to the fact that stains and discoloration are among the most commonly occurring blemishes that can affect your smile. Consequently, professional tooth whitening is one of the most frequently requested cosmetic dental procedures today as people seek to erase those blemishes and allow their smiles to shine brightly once again. However, before you seek professional help to correct everyday tooth stains, your Lone Tree dentist, Dr. Angela Osborn, suggests you try these home tips for maintaining a bright and healthy smile.
Foods for a Brighter Smile
- Brush and floss religiously—After brushing and flossing your teeth for most of your lifetime, skipping a day one in a while may seem harmless. The truth, however, is that any break in your oral hygiene routine can allow dental plaque to accumulate in force. Plaque, which contains hundreds of different kinds of oral bacteria, threatens your dental health in a number of ways, including harboring germs that produce acid to weaken your tooth enamel, prepping the way for tooth decay. Weakened enamel also stains more easily, so maintaining your oral hygiene can protect your smile’s appeal as well as its health.
If you’ve ever spoken to someone before you’ve had a chance to brush your teeth in the morning, then you are likely aware that morning breath can be rather embarrassing. Luckily, brushing and flossing your teeth in the morning can typically eradicate the foulness of your breath; however, your dental hygiene routine may not always be enough to erase your bad breath. Lone Tree dentist, Dr. Angela Osborn, explains why bad breath may linger long past its usual morning presence.
Reasons for Malodorous Breath
- Bacteria—Oral germs are a common cause of bad breath. As they accumulate inside your mouth, some of these bacteria release volatile sulfur compounds that are notorious for their offensive odors. When you sleep at night, these germs can proliferate in force as your saliva production is drastically reduced, resulting in the especially strong odor of morning breath. Eat a well-balanced breakfast to stimulate saliva production before brushing and flossing your teeth in the morning.