25 Foods Dentists Won’t Eat

 

foods that are bad for your teeth

Fact: Nobody looks forward to her biannual rendezvous at the dentist’s. But the discomfort from the poking and scraping of routine cleanings is nothing compared to the pain (not to mention the expense) of more intensive procedures, like fillings and root canals. So wouldn’t it be nice to seriously lower your chances of needing dental work with some strategic eating?

“There are plenty of foods that people should be avoiding if they want to keep their teeth in good shape,” says Guillaume Lepine, DDS, a Massachusetts-based dentist. We polled some of the top oral hygiene experts in the country to find out what’s not in their kitchen—and how they prevent food-related tooth damage whenever naughty nibbles do manage to make it past their lips.

Soda (even diet)
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Soda (even diet)

Your favorite sugary soda is a total smile saboteur. “Most contain an acid that can weaken tooth enamel—even diet soda,” explains John F. Buzzatto, DMD, MDS, president of the American Association of Orthodontists. If you must indulge, drink through a straw to limit soda’s contact with your teeth. (Though you may want to skip the soda altogether—and not just for your teeth.

Apples
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Apples

Already struggling with weak teeth? Skip crunchy fruits and veggies, which can further crack or damage fragile chompers. Apples and carrots are actually two of the biggest culprits of cracked teeth, Dr. Buzzatto notes. But don’t skip these healthy treats altogether: “Cut them into bite-size pieces before you enjoy them,” he recommends.

 

See more: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition/food-tips/9-Foods-That-Damage-Your-Teeth

10 Everyday Things That Age You

A philosophy of ‘prevention is better than cure’ is the number one thing to remember when it comes to the ageing process of your skin. Begin to look after your skin as early as possible.

Inflammatory Foods

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If your daily meals are filled with foods that cause chronic inflammation, such as vegetable oils, margarine, red meats, white bread, or sugary, processed foods, you’re not doing your skin any favors. These foods can cause inflammation in your body, which may accelerate wrinkle formation. To prevent premature aging, stock up on foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) such as flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, avocados, salmon, and and olive oil. These foods will help your skin maintain its soft and supple look.

Be sure to load up on fruits and veggies, too. Fresh produce is abundant in zinc, selenium, vitamin C, and beta carotene, all of which are key players in the body’s production of collagen (which keeps skin firm), as well as protecting against free radicals. Two good options are red bell peppers and carrots. Simply slice them up for a convenient on-the-go snack you can take anywhere. Not a fan? Try upping your intake of broccoli—just 1 cup has 100 percent of the total daily recommended value of vitamin C.

Lastly, make sure you’re getting enough protein—recent studies show that an insufficient amount of protein can cause tears, wrinkles, and cracks in your skin. Aim to get at least one protein-containing food (for example, eggs, lean beef or poultry, beans) at each meal.

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Loss of Human Growth Hormone or HGH

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Your body produces human growth hormone (HGH) in the pituitary gland. Among its many functions, HGH works with collagen to maintain skin and muscle composition. As you age, your body’s natural production of collagen slows, which can lead to looser and thinner skin. While you may not be able to stop time completely in its tracks, you can slow its effects: The results of a 2012 double-blind study on supplement brand SeroVital suggests that certain combinations of amino acids can actually stimulate the body’s production of human growth hormone, which in turn, can help promote collagen production and help you maintain your firm, smooth skin. Both male and female patients given a special blend of amino acids saw a mean increase of more than six times the levels of HGH they started with at the beginning of the study. The patients also experienced faster metabolism and increased endurance. Learn more about this promising anti-aging supplement here!

Anecdotal evidence also seems promising: People who have taken HGH supplements or injections report brighter skin, better hearing, an improved sex drive, and having more energy.

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Happy Hour

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Alcohol is a natural diuretic, according to Huffington Post Healthy Living, so the more you drink, the more dehydrated you become. Besides sapping the natural moisture from your skin, excessive alcohol also triggers rosacea outbreaks and exacerbates fine lines, acne, and wrinkles, all of which instantly make you look older. You don’t have to swear off the bottle altogether, but by drinking less, your liver doesn’t have to work as hard to flush out toxins and impurities from your body, and when it works more efficiently, you’ll see the results in your skin.

See more: http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/beauty-style/10-everyday-things-age-you