Surprise…it’s Teeth-safe Food Month! Being knowledgeable regarding what foods are healthy and which are destructive for your teeth is very important in keeping your smile healthy. Food goes hand-in-hand with a healthy life and affects our well-being in countless ways, your oral health included!
Cavities, one of the most common oral issues, can be caused directly by what we eat. Refined sugar is one of the most well-known causes of cavities. When we eat it, it is broken down by bacteria and turned into acid, which can dissolve the tooth enamel. The more often you consume foods that contain refined sugar, the more detrimental it can be to your oral health. So what are some of the healthiest ways to indulge in your favorite snacks while keeping your teeth healthy?
- Avoid having sugar in your mouth for an extended time. Some examples of this are soda and candies you suck on, such as lollipops. If you want to enjoy a sugary snack, a quick dessert like a piece of cake or pie is much better. When you are eating something quickly, the saliva in your mouth will be hard at work washing the debris away.
- Eat sweets at a time you know you will brush soon afterward. Most people will brush their teeth pretty soon after eating a meal. Therefore, this is one of the best times to consume a sweet treat. If you’re snacking on sweets at a random time during the day, you are less likely to brush until later, and the sugar will have more time to sit on your teeth and will be more likely to damage them.
- If you want to snack, find substitutes! Many delicious snacks are much better for your teeth than candy and sweets but can still satisfy your cravings for something tasty! Try snacking on berries or yogurt – they are both sweet and good for your teeth!
Keeping your diet well-balanced will make or break your oral health. The right foods will keep your teeth safe while also keeping your gums and bones strong. Familiarizing yourself with foods you love that are also rich in vitamins is the key, and is not that hard to do. Foods full of folic acid, vitamin B12, calcium, and vitamin C are some of the best things for healthy gums and teeth. Here are some of our top choices…
- Dark green leafy vegetables. When people think of calcium, they usually think of milk. However, certain leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and collard greens are chock full of calcium and will keep your teeth strong.
- Meat. Meats such as chicken and fish are versatile and delicious. You can’t go wrong with either because there are so many ways to cook and season them! In addition to this, they contain vitamin B12, which is great for keeping your gums healthy.
- Citrus. Whether you prefer fresh-squeezed orange juice or peeling and eating a clementine, citrus is delicious, rich in vitamin C, and perfect for keeping your soft mouth tissue healthy.
- Beans, seeds, and nuts. These three foods have endless uses and can enhance many meals. They also contain folic acid, which will strengthen the supporting soft tissue in your mouth.
- Dairy. Dairy products such as cheese, milk, and yogurt will kill two birds with one stone. They contain both calcium and vitamin B12, which are beneficial to the health of your gums and teeth!
Food allergies are unfortunately quite common. Luckily, the foods listed above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to food that is good for your oral health. You have many options and will never get bored! Making sure you eat a wide range of foods with the vitamins and minerals mentioned above will improve your oral health and your overall well-being. We can give you lots of healthy teeth tips on our blog, but it’s always better to come to visit us! Give us a call today at (972) 691-8337 to schedule a visit!
Many of you may be wondering how to get your children to comply with their oral hygiene without throwing a tantrum. It is common for children to want nothing to do with brushing their teeth. For all the parents who are dealing with this struggle, we have you covered. We are excited to share three of our favorite easy ways to get your children to want to brush their teeth!
- Teach your children the importance of oral health early and model good oral hygiene yourself.
Whether you know it or not, your children are listening to and watching you and taking your routine behaviors in. Oral hygiene is no exception to this. If children see their parents brushing and flossing, they will be curious and want to do it themselves. Try creating a specific time each day for brushing and flossing and join your children in it. That way, when they become old enough to take care of their own oral hygiene, this time will be ingrained in them. It is essential to teach children why certain habits are healthy. Tell them how and why a healthy smile will lead to a healthy life.
There are countless ways to make oral hygiene enjoyable for your kids. One of our personal favorite techniques is making a brushing playlist of songs your children love. There are plenty of dental-themed songs out there too! When it is time for brushing teeth, put this playlist on and join your children. Another way to get your kids excited: let them pick out some new toothbrushes. Most drugstores have a variety of children’s toothbrushes, featuring everything from Disney princesses to animals. There are so many fun ways to get your children to view brushing their teeth to be just as enjoyable as it is needed. Before you know it, your kids will be asking when it is time for their daily oral hygiene.
- Reward good brushing behavior to reinforce it for your children.
Rewarding your children when they keep up with their brushing is an effective way to build good long-term oral hygiene habits. Rewards don’t have to take up too much time or money. They can be as simple as putting stickers or marks on a homemade chart every time your kids brush their teeth without complaint. The stickers can add up to a bigger reward at the end of the week or month as well. You can even let your children choose dinner one night of the week if they have been good about brushing the previous week. Even if a reward seems insignificant to us as adults, it will be helpful in reinforcing good oral hygiene behavior in your children.
It is important for children to learn why keeping up with dental care is important and how best to stay on top of it. Educating your children about why brushing is essential, modeling good behavior, making oral care fun, and rewarding your children when they are doing well are all ways to increase good brushing behavior and overall oral health. Let’s get these kids brushing!
4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup
Staying on top of your oral health is extremely important. We are excited to share a few of the reasons why with you!
Many people wonder why they need to go to the dentist every six months. There are far more perks of keeping up with your oral health routine than you may know. After reading this, you will want to make sure you have your next appointment scheduled!
Keeping bacteria at bay
What is plaque and how is avoiding it’s removal dangerous for your oral health? Plaque is a layer of clear, sticky bacteria on your teeth. It is almost impossible to completely get rid of it during your daily brushing routine. This is why your routine cleanings are so important. If plaque stays on your teeth for too long, it will harden and become tartar. Tartar is impossible to remove with your at-home brushing and flossing routine. If you let it build up for a long period of time, it can result in various oral infections. Without routine dental cleanings, plaque and tartar buildup would be almost impossible to keep up with.
There has been extensive research done regarding the link between oral health and other health problems. It is not well-known that there have been connections found between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. Many of these conditions begin with or show signs of their presence orally. During your routine checkups, your dentist can help identify these manifestations. Your dentist’s oral health knowledge can provide a key connection to the detection of other health issues you may be unable to detect yourself.
Catch problems before they grow
Dentists are trained to catch specific oral health issues before they become dangerous. Many people believe that cavities are accompanied by intense pain and, therefore, are easy to detect. This isn’t always true. Sometimes you may not be able to feel a cavity at all. If you are going to your dentist regularly, cavities will be caught and treated before they worsen and result in more complicated treatment.
Don’t forget your gums
The health of your gums is important to your oral health and can be challenging to keep up with if you don’t have a dental background. Your dentist will check the depth of the space between your teeth and gums with a unique tool. If the space is deep, you may have gum disease. Small checkups like this may seem unimportant, but they will pay off for your health in the long run!
We hope you all see that your routine dental exam and cleaning are critical to staying on top of your health. If you choose to skip or postpone these appointments, you may develop problems that could cost you more money and time in the long run. We promise that routine dental checkups are something to smile about!