Friday, October 21, 2011

Health Tips for October 21

Health Tip: Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy

Your diet can play a major role in the health of your teeth and gums.

The American Dental Association offers these dietary guidelines to help keep your mouth healthy:

  • Avoid sodas and fruit drinks sweetened with sugar.
  • Limit consumption of candies, cookies, pastries and other desserts with added sugar.
  • Eat nutritious snacks that are lower in sugar.
  • Brush at least twice daily and floss daily.
  • Drink water often.
  • Keep a food journal and review it for high-sugar foods. Compare your diet to the food pyramid recommendations.

Health Tip: Mouthguards Protect Your Smile

A mouthguard is a custom-made or off-the-rack device that protects your teeth and mouth from a potential blow during sports or exercise.

The American Dental Association mentions these benefits of wearing a mouthguard:

  • Reduced risk of breaking or chipping a tooth.
  • Protection against losing a tooth from injury.
  • Protection against oral nerve damage.
  • Reduced risk of soft tissue injuries to the inside of the cheeks, tongue or lips.

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