3 oral health tips from a dentist
We just don't pay enough attention to oral care. Your smile is, without a doubt, one of your most important features.
Biological restorative dentist Gerry Curatola, DDS shares three tips on how to care for a more beautiful smile.
1. Balance the oral microbiome.
"We know that an acidic environment in the mouth is conducive to causing a colony of acid-loving bacteria like this," says Curatola. This imbalance in bacteria can affect the health of your teeth.
You can help nourish your oral microbiome by eating a healthy diet, consuming prebiotic and probiotic foods, and practicing good hygiene habits. On this last point, be sure to use a well-formulated SLS-free toothpaste.
2. Eat a diet rich in antioxidants.
Just as you feed your body and skin with antioxidants, you can also feed your smile with free radical scavengers.
"Depending on whether we're under stress or other environmental factors affect it, the problem is that we oxidize too much," he says, noting why it's so important to eat foods rich in antioxidants. Some of Curatola's favorites for gums and oral health: "vitamin C, coenzyme Q10, vitamin E and vitamin D3."
3. Practice mindfulness.
We know that stress and mental health play a big role in beauty. "It's really important to improve the way we deal with stress because what happens when you're under stress is that the saliva dries up, it also changes the balance of the oral microbiome," he says, noting that meditation is his modality. favorite.
"You can do this in a number of different ways—yoga, meditation, whatever works for you," says Curatola.