Australian holistic dentist shares tips for better oral health

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A holistic dentist has shared his tips for better oral health. If you’ve indulged over the Easter weekend, there’s no better time to give your teeth and gums a little TLC.

Holistic dentist, Dr Lewis Ehrlich, believes that there are several simple changes you can make to your daily routine, your diet and your lifestyle choices that can have a positive impact. One of the simplest, yet most effective, things you can do for better dental and general health is up your water intake. Many of us tend to shun water in favour of coffee, juices and fizzy drinks, but water is the best option for staying hydrated. Water is essential for good health and it’s also free from sugar and calories and pH neutral. Dehydration can contribute to dry mouth and opting for sugary and acidic drinks can damage the enamel and increase the risk of decay and gum disease. While sparkling water may be a better option than fizzy drinks and sports drinks, it is still acidic, so still water is preferable.

Dr Ehrlich also advises rethinking the foods you eat between meals. Snacking is a major problem for dental health, as it increases the risk of acid exposure. Instead of munching on chocolate bars, cakes, biscuits and crisps, the Sydney dentists recommends nuts and raw vegetables, which contain nutrients and stimulate increased saliva production.

Most of us are aware of the physical health benefits of exercise, but did you know that moving around can also be good for your gums? Exercise increases circulation, which improves blood flow to the gums. A study recently revealed that people who participate in HIIT (high-intensity interval training) sessions are less likely to develop advanced gum disease.

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