Learn Which Foods Are Good & Bad For Your Teeth

Learn Which Foods Are Good & Bad For Your Teeth

So, what makes a food good or bad for your teeth? Which foods should you be eating more of, and which foods should you be reducing? Most of the time, the foods that are healthy for your body are also healthy for your teeth. 

 Unhealthy Foods for Your Teeth 

We all know that sugar causes cavities. Any foods containing sugar, even natural sugars like the sugars in milk and dried fruit, have the potential to cause cavities. When you consume sugar, it gets converted to acids in your mouth that attack your teeth, causing cavities. The type of sugary foods that are the most cavity-causing are the foods that get stuck in your teeth, prolonging the exposure time. These types of foods are anything gummy, chewy or sticky such as candy, dried fruit and granola bars. It is essential to try and reduce the consumption of these foods. If you do have them, try to brush your teeth or at least rinse your mouth after.  

 Healthy Foods for Your Teeth

It is vital to consume a well-balanced diet, high in vitamins and minerals. Raw fruits and vegetables are particularly good for your teeth because they act as a cleanser. When you bite down into a raw fruit or vegetable, it helps to remove plaque that is already sitting on your teeth and on the biting surfaces of your molars. Try eating raw carrots, celery and apples as snacks. Another good food to help keep your teeth healthy is cheese. Cheese helps to balance the pH level of your mouth. So if you’ve just eaten something very sweet or acidic, try eating a cube of cheese after to neutralize your mouth, preventing cavities and acid erosion. 

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 Quantity vs. Exposure Time

When consuming foods and drinks that are higher in sugars and acids, the most important thing we have to think about is the exposure time of the foods and drinks on our teeth. The more you expose your teeth to sugars and acids, the more susceptible they will be to cavities and erosion. For instance, if you drink a very sugary soda all at once, the exposure time from the acids and sugars in the soda will be much shorter than if you sip it slowly throughout a few hours. Each time you take a sip of that soda, you are bathing your teeth in the sugars and acids and prolonging the potential for damage. 

If you have any questions about healthy vs. unhealthy foods for your teeth, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.

How To Stay Healthy Between Dental Visits

How To Stay Healthy Between Dental Visits

We all love having that fresh mouth feeling after leaving the dental office. Why not keep that fresh mouth feel between your dental visits? Follow these tips to keep your smile healthy until your next dental visit.

Floss Regularly

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Regular flossing keeps your gums healthy and firm. Without adequate flossing, inflammation and gum disease occurs. Gums that are swollen, red, swollen and bleed easily when brushing and flossing are signs of gum disease. Many patients experience some bleeding during teeth cleaning if they do not floss enough or properly. Flossing and brushing at least once daily reduces the chances of gum disease. While it is recommended to floss after every meal, it is not always possible. However, flossing before sleeping is most beneficial if you can only floss once a day.

Use The Proper Brushing Technique

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Brushing is only effective when the right technique is used. The rolling stroke brushing technique is easy to follow. Ask your dental professional to show you how to use the rolling stroke technique.

The technique differs when using an electric toothbrush. Your goal is to guide the electric toothbrush along the gumline since the brush is performing the brushing action. Be sure to apply pressure that is not too light or heavy.

Brushing for at least two minutes is recommended. However, you may need to brush longer depending on the health of your mouth.

Avoid Tooth-Staining Foods

During your teeth cleaning, some external stains from teeth are being removed. Avoid foods that easily stain teeth to reduce the frequency of dental cleanings needed. Foods that stain include coffee, tea, red wine, etc. Rinsing your mouth after having these foods. Habits such as smoking require more frequent cleanings as well.

Use Special Cleaning Tools

A regular flossing and brushing oral care routine works for most patients. However, sometimes special cleaning aids must be used for better reach or access. Your dental professional will recommend cleaning aids suited for your oral health.

Keep these tips in mind when it comes to your oral care routine for a healthy mouth between dental visits. Contact us to schedule your dental visit if it has been a while.