Happy Teeth-safe Food Month! Food is one of the most important aspects of our lives and affects our well-being in numerous ways. Your oral health is no exception! Being knowledgeable about which foods are good and which are destructive for your teeth is essential to maintaining a healthy and bright smile.
Cavities, one of the most infamous oral issues, can be directly caused by what we eat. One of the most common causes of cavities is the consumption of refined sugar. When we eat it, refined sugar is broken down by bacteria and turned into acid, which will dissolve the tooth enamel. The frequency of sugar consumption is actually more detrimental to your oral health than the amount of sugar you consume in one sitting because of this. So what are some of the best ways to still indulge in your favorite sugary 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.
- 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!
- 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.
Having a balanced diet is very important for your oral health. The right foods will keep your teeth safe while also keeping your gums and bones in shape. Finding foods you enjoy that are also rich in vitamins is important. This is not that hard to do! Foods full of vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin C, and calcium are some of the most beneficial options for healthy teeth and gums. Here are some of our top picks…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
Food allergies are common. Fortunately, though, most of the food items listed above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to food that protects your oral health. You have countless choices and will never get bored! Making sure you eat a plethora of foods with the mentioned vitamins and minerals will improve your oral health and maximize 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 (940) 464-3500 to schedule a visit!
Did you know that there are effective ways to get your children not only to brush their teeth, but to enjoy it? It is very common for young children to not want to brush their teeth, and you’re not alone if you struggle with this as a parent. We are excited to share three of our favorite ways to get your children excited about brushing their teeth!
There are so many ways you can make oral hygiene more fun as a parent. One of our personal favorite techniques is making a brushing playlist of songs your children love. You can even find a couple of dental-themed songs to add to it. During brushing time, put this playlist on and brush your teeth with your children. Another way to get your kids excited: new toothbrushes. Most drugstores have a wide array of children’s toothbrushes, covered in everything from Disney characters to animals. Kids also tend to enjoy the excitement of using electric toothbrushes. There are so many creative ways to get your children to view oral care to be just as fun as it is necessary. Soon your kids will be asking when it is time to brush their teeth!
- Reward good brushing behavior to reinforce it for your children.
Rewarding your children when they are cooperative about their oral hygiene is a great way to get them to comply in the long run. Rewards don’t have to be expensive or complicated. They can be as simple as adding stickers or marks to a homemade chart every time your kids are good about brushing their teeth. These stickers can add up to a bigger reward at the end of the week or month. You can even let your children choose dinner one night of the week if they have been good about brushing the previous week. No matter how small a reward may seem to us adults, it will reinforce good oral hygiene behavior in your children.
- Teach your children the importance of oral health early and model good oral hygiene yourself.
Even though they may not understand why certain behaviors are necessary, toddlers and younger children tend to take in the behaviors their parents exemplify for them. Oral hygiene is no exception. If children see their parents taking care of their teeth regularly, they will see that this should be part of their routine as well. You could even create a specific time each day dedicated to oral hygiene and stick to it with your children. That way, when they become old enough to take care of their own brushing, this time will already be familiar with them. It is essential to explain to children why certain behaviors are positive. Teach them how and why a healthy smile will lead to a healthy life.
All children should learn why keeping up with dental care is important and how best to stay on top of it. Making oral care fun, rewarding good brushing behavior, educating your children about why brushing is essential, and modeling good behavior are all ways to increase good brushing behavior and overall oral health in your children. Let’s get brushing!
4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup
Keeping up with your oral health is very important. We are here to share a few of the reasons why with you!
Why do you 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 booked!
Keeping bacteria at bay
How is avoiding the removal of plaque dangerous for your oral health? Plaque is a layer of bacteria on your teeth that is clear and sticky. It is difficult to get rid of during your daily brushing routine, which 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 personal brushing and flossing routine. If you let it build up for a prolonged 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.
Catch problems before they grow
Dentists are trained to catch specific oral health problems before they become dangerous. Many people believe that cavities are accompanied by intense pain and are therefore easy to detect. This isn’t always the case. Sometimes you may not be able to feel a cavity at all. If you are going to your dentist regularly, painless cavities will be caught and treated before they worsen and result in prolonged, expensive treatment.
Don’t forget your gums
The health of your gums is a very important part of your overall oral health and can be challenging to keep up with if you don’t have dental knowledge. 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!
There has been extensive research done regarding the link between oral health and other health problems. Many people do not know 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 oral manifestations. During your routine dental 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 unaware of.
We hope you all see that your routine dental exam and cleaning are critical to maintaining 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 future. We promise that routine dental checkups are something to be thankful for!