Importance of Healthy Diet for Great Oral Health

It has long been known that maintaining a balanced and healthy diet is great news for your overall health, but are you aware of it’s value upon your oral health? Recent research has shown that fruits which are high in antioxidants, particularly blackberries, could help block the spread of cancer cells and improve the health of your teeth and gums.

Blackberries are the latest addition to the list of teeth and gum healthy foods; strawberries, green vegetables, fish and fish oils can all help reduce the chance of developing oral cancer and help fight gum disease.

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, says:

“Having a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals and fresh produce to provide anti-oxidants is something we should all be striving to achieve. It can help to prevent a number of oral health problems including gum disease and oral cancer, not to mention potential heart problems too.”

“Gum disease and tooth decay are both totally preventable by following a simple daily routine. Brushing your teeth two minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste, visiting the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend, and cleaning in between teeth using interdental brushes or floss will really help to develop good oral health. Having a healthy, balanced diet with at least five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day and cutting down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks will benefit both the health of your mouth and body.”

So make sure you’re enjoying a balanced and fresh diet, your teeth and gums will thank you!

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