Have you seen the hilarious big screen hit from 2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding? If not, get to your local Blockbuster as soon as possible and rent this comedic gem. In the meantime, however, the funny actress behind the film, Nia Vardalos, is speaking out about more than just her laughable on-screen family; she’s speaking out about dental health, and New York dentist Dr. Richard Kobak wants you to hear what she’s saying.
Smile Tips from a Star
Have you heard of probiotics? To put it simply, probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help keep you in good health.
There are many kinds of probiotics, and foods like yogurt, fermented and unfermented milk, miso, tempeh, and some juices and soy products are loaded with them. Probiotic capsules, tablets, and powders are also available at most drug stores. Thanks to modern science and technology, probiotic products for your oral health, including certain gums, mints, and supplements are now available, as well. Nia is a big fan of probiotics, and she has a few words of dental wisdom that she wants to pass on to her daughter and the world.
- Fill up on fruits and vegetables: Not only will the vitamins and minerals in these foods boost your oral and bodily health, the crispier your food is, the better your saliva flow will be, which is important because saliva neutralizes the bacteria and acid in your mouth and protects against tooth decay.
- Load up on calcium: It’s no secret that drinking milk is necessary for strong bones. For your teeth, calcium is an enamel enabler and helps to protect against cavities and other oral problems.
- Boost your vitamin C intake: Citrus fruits and other vitamin C-rich foods help fight off infections, including gum disease. Because these foods are so acidic, however, make sure to protect your teeth by drinking plenty of milk or water and cleaning your teeth properly.
- Stick with water: Your body needs water to survive, and your mouth needs water to stay healthy. A dry mouth is a bacteria-ridden, plaque-covered place, so keep your mouth moist to enjoy optimal oral health.
- Say no to sugar: What your dentist and your mom have told you for years still holds true: sugar is the worst enemy of your teeth. Limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks as much as possible, and be sure to clean your teeth thoroughly if you do indulge.
Don’t Forget Professional Dental Care
Dr. Kobak has one more very important dental health tip he wants you to remember. Don’t forget about your professional dental care! By following the smile tips above, practicing quality at-home dental hygiene, and coming in for professional dental cleanings and exams every six month, you’ll be on your way to quality dental health in no time. After all, as Nia says, “It’s all about prevention. Invest now, avoid health issues in the future.”