We often focus on how to keep our various body parts in top notch condition – papaya for a glistening face or protein to get those fit calves. However, many of us spend little time on our oral health beside brushing our teeth twice a day or flossing, that too not as often as we know we should.
I believe that our teeth are living organs and require proper nutrition to regenerate. Without proper care, our teeth will struggle to stay intact.
Sufficient dental nutrition is very essential to maintain healthy levels of enamel and dentin and much of what we eat plays a pivotal role in keeping our gums and teeth healthy.
Consuming calcium, undoubtedly, tops the list. In fact, research says that 99% of calcium in our body is found in our bones and teeth.
Also, our body procures calcium in two ways: either from our diet or our bones. When the diet does not provide sufficient levels, calcium is borrowed or re-absorbed from the bones so that it can restore blood levels and maintain calcium-regulated bodily functions.
If adequate calcium is supplied in the diet, bone levels are restored. But if our diet fails to lend enough calcium to our bones, then ailments like osteoporosis, arthritis, et al can occur which are results of persistent bone loss. That’s why eating foods that are calcium-rich like butter, cheese, nuts and eggs are a staple in my house. My kids are fond of omelettes and cheese sandwiches that are easy to prepare and delicious to the taste buds. Also rich in calcium are dried fruits such as figs, dates and almonds. Did you know that sesame seeds (til) or tahini (sesame seed paste) contain a whopping 680 milligrams of calcium per 100 grams? Dark green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, cabbage, parsley and coriander leaves lend calcium to our diet as well. Similarly, pulses including soya beans, kidney beans (rajma), chick peas, lentils or dals, green peas and tofu (soya bean curd) or paneer provide a good source of calcium.
Other sources of calcium from the fruit/veggie group include lemons, oranges, olives, and turnips. A good additional and vital source of calcium-enriched dose would be a nice large cup of cow/buffalo milk or soya milk. I make sure my children gulp down a cup every day! I understand, for a fact, that with a balanced and nutritious diet, we can keep our teeth in check, our body in shape and our skin glowing.
Another sure way to maintain superior oral care is to use Colgate Strong Teeth. I was really excited when I received hamper from Colgate and I am glad to be the part of their #ColgateDailyCalcium campaign.
Oral hygienists advise the use of Colgate Strong Teeth not only as a preventive means for maintenance but also for making our teeth strong from within. We have been using Colgate for years now – ever since I was a kid, in fact – and it still works its magic in ensuring that our teeth and gums stay healthy, normalising and controlling harmful germs, taking care of bad mouth
Some tips that we, as a family, have learnt to adopt to ensure complete oral care are:
• Using an extra or ultra-soft brush.
• Using tooth brush in the right angle to remove all dental plaque.
• Brushing, at least, for two minutes with Colgate Strong Teeth.
• Being gentle on teeth and gums because, really, they are living tissues! Always be careful with those soft tissues in your mouth.
Remember to take care of your pearly whites and smile often!