Dental

Enjoy That Collagen During National Chicken Month

grilled chicken for dinner

Did you know that September is National Chicken Month? Believe it or not, grilled chicken isn’t just good for your overall health, but your dental health too.

Chicken Drumsticks

Surprisingly, chicken drumsticks have great health benefits for your teeth. Chicken drums, thighs and wings are rich in collagen. When you cook and eat the collagen from chicken, it’s good for your joints.

Collagen is also great for your gums! According to WebMD, “Gum disease begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and may end – if not properly treated, with tooth loss due to the destruction of the tissue that surrounds your teeth.”

Another way to take advantage of National Chicken Month is to make some chicken stock. A chicken bone broth contains several nutrients and collagen. Remember when mom would make you chicken soup to help you feel better? It’s true that all of that is for your health and teeth!

Don’t Forget to Brush & Floss

It’s recommended to brush and floss regularly for optimal oral care. So while you’re enjoying that chicken, brush and floss the remains out!

It’s best to start with about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around your middle fingers leaving a couple inches. When you floss, slide the floss gently up and down between your teeth, curving around each tooth. You should go beneath the gum line. Don’t go fast or jam the floss between your teeth.

Choose the Correct Mouthwash

Let’s say you had some garlic or something stinky with your chicken. In addition to brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth out with right mouthwash.

  • Cosmetic doesn’t offer that much of a protection for the teeth. They help to keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh, but it doesn’t reduce the risk of tooth decay. They often contain alcohol, which can dry out your mouth and counteract the self-cleaning action of your saliva.
  • Antiseptic contains chlorhexidine gluconate, a chemical that is been proven to stop the growth of bacteria and is suitable for people with mouth infections. It can’t substitute brushing or flossing. Mouthwash should be a compliment of the regular oral care routine.
  • Fluoride is a naturally derived mineral proven to rebuild tooth enamel. This mouthwash is recommended for people that do not get enough fluoride from water, either because they drink bottled water or because they live in areas without fluoridated municipal water.
  • Homemade mouthwash that doesn’t contain alcohol. It consists of warm salted water that has been proven to fight bacterial infections in the mouth.

Always ask your dentist what is best for your dental health!