Smile Tips from a Star

July 15, 2011

You’ve seen the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” right? You must know what probiotics are, yes?

If not, you’re seriously missing out on both accounts, and Nia Vardalos, the funny lady behind the film, is a probiotics enthusiast. It’s rare when Hollywood and dental health collide, but Nia has a lot to say about how she takes care of her smile and what dental hygiene wisdom she’s passing on to her daughter.

To put it simply, probiotics are “good” bacteria that help keep your health in check. Found naturally in yogurt, GUM Brand just released Periobalance, a probiotic mint-flavored daily lozenge that helps neutralize harmful bacteria surrounding your teeth and gums.

As a family and holistic dentist in Lake Orion, Michigan, Dr. Brad Greenfield agrees with many of Nia’s tips for a healthier smile. Check them out:

  • Load up on calcium. Drinking milk builds strong bones (yes, your teeth are bones). A lack of calcium increases your risk of tooth decay and cavities.
  • Boost your vitamin C intake. Citrus fruits and other foods that are high in vitamin C help ward off infection. Eat more, and lessen your chances of developing gingivitis and gum disease.
  • Get your fill of fruits and veggies. The crispier your food is, the better. Fruits and vegetables help to wipe bacteria off of your teeth, and chewing increases the production of bacteria-neutralizing saliva.
  • Stick with tea and water. Studies have shows that black tea can rid your mouth of bacteria in dental plaque. Water rinses away bacteria and food particles that can eventually stick to your teeth and become plaque at the gum line.
  • Avoid candy and soda. Sugar and acid are the enemies of your teeth. You don’t have to avoid these treats completely, but limit your intake as much as possible, and make sure to brush and floss thoroughly after you consume sugar-loaded foods and drinks.

Above all, Nia made a point of teaching her daughter how to brush and floss. “It’s all about prevention. Invest now, avoid health issues in the future,” Nia says.

Well said, Nia! Dr. Greenfield and his team at Lake Orion Family Dentistry couldn’t agree more. To find out more about quality oral health and hygiene, or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Greenfield’s dental office at (248) 693-6213.

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