Whole Grains for Dental Health
As part of your regime to maintain good oral health you are likely to be aware of brushing your teeth, flossing, and drinking milk. Have you considered the role whole grains play in optimising the health of your teeth and gums?
Research links a diet with higher whole grains to lower risk of gum disease. Whole grains are not the same as eating a glazed doughnut which has the opposite effect on your dental health. Whole grains are higher in fibre which help maintain healthy blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Both high sugar and pressure levels are linked with gum disease.
As whole grains contain fibre, they take longer for your body to break down into simple sugars than processed sugars already in simple sugar form e.g. lollies. This means that the grain moves further down the digestive system into the stomach and intestines and does not have the negative effect on the teeth and does not cause erosion.
The B vitamins present in whole grain containing products like Corn Thins® slices reduce your risk of mouth sensitivities, receding gums and toothaches. In addition to this whole grain are good sources of magnesium, phosphorous both needed for strong bones and teeth. Magnesium also helps calcium to be absorbed properly in your body.
Whole grains also contain iron which is essential to transport oxygen throughout your body. This oxygen supply maintains the health of the cells in your mouth. Whole grains are also sources of protective polyphenolic compounds which support the health of your mouth.
The seeds and grains found in the varieties of Corn Thins® products have a cariostatic effect which neutralise acids produced by bacteria and form a protective coating on your teeth.
Take home message: Keep your winning smile shinning to the world by choosing at least 3 serves of whole grain foods a day for health including foods like Corn Thins®.