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Foods to Help Keep Your Smile Healthy

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When it comes to protecting your teeth, knowing what to eat is just as important as knowing what not to eat or to eat in moderation. As National Nutrition Month draws to an end, we wanted to share some foods with you that are great for your smile!

Some of these foods may already be a part of your diet or you may find that incorporating certain foods will protect your teeth and help to keep them strong and healthy.

Remember, a diet rich in foods that help your teeth comes second to maintaining regular oral health examinations from your DentFirst Dentist!

Below you will find a few types of food that have inherent benefits in protecting your smile.

Foods Rich in Fiber

Eating fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber increase saliva flow and help wash away potential cavity causing food particles more quickly.

(Celery, carrots, apples)

Foods with Calcium

Calcium is a mineral that is great for strengthening teeth and protecting tooth enamel. Regularly consuming foods that are high in calcium is a great way to protect your teeth.

(Milk, cheese, leafy green veggies, calcium-fortified juices and soy products)

Vitamin C Foods

Foods with Vitamin C

Many people are unaware of the benefits that Vitamin C has on our oral health. Vitamin C has properties which help keep our gums healthy and ward off conditions such as gingivitis which can lead to loss of adult teeth or periodontal issues.

(Oranges, carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes)

Chewing Gum

Sugarless Gum

Who doesn’t enjoy chewing gum occasionally? Fortunately there are a plethora of sugarless gums on the market to choose from. Chewing sugarless gum shortly after eating a meal is a great way to increase saliva flow and help decrease acids in the mouth that can affect our enamel and remove potentially harmful food particles.

(Sugarless gums sweetened with Xylitol can also protect from tooth decay)

Choosing Tea over Coffee

If a nice cup of coffee is your preferred way to have a quick caffeine boost, consider swapping it out with a cup of black or green tea without added sugars. Black and green teas both contain properties which help prevent gum disease and keep cavity-causing bacteria under control.

Are any of the foods listed above already a big part of your daily diet? If so, it’s awesome to find out that you already have foods that are great for your smile incorporated into  your diet. If not, now you know a few different types of foods that can help and the positive effects they have on your teeth.

If you want to learn more about how your diet may be positively or negatively affecting your smile, be sure to ask your DentFirst Dentist for more information.

Patients are FIRST at DentFirst!

 

*This information is adapted from Delta Dental and existing findings from the ADA.

Foods to Avoid for a Healthy Smile

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Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?

Our diets and the foods that we consume can have a lasting impact, not only on our physical health, but also on our oral health.

It is important that we understand the large role that nutrition plays in caring for and maintaining a healthy, bright and beautiful smile! Nutrition and oral health are incredibly interrelated and knowledge is power when it comes to protecting your smile!

Regular visits to your dentist and optimal home care are fundamental in oral hygiene and health. However, regular and excessive consumption of foods that are detrimental to your teeth can still compromise the health of your smile.

At DentFirst Dental Care, we want to help our patients have a comprehensive understanding of the best ways and practices to keep their beautiful smiles healthy!

Below you will find 5 types of foods that aren’t the best for your teeth, but may already be a part of your daily diet.

 

Sugary-foods

Sugary Foods:

Foods that are high in sugar promote tooth decay.

(Candy, ice cream, sodas, cereals)

Sticky Foods:

Foods that are sticky and/or chewy stick to the surface of teeth or between them and cause tooth decay.

(Taffy, caramels, gummy foods/candies)

Hard Foods

Hard/Crunchy Foods:

Foods that are difficult to bite into or chew can cause your teeth to chip or crack.

(Hard candies, ice, lollipops, bones)

Acidic Foods:

Foods that are high in acidity can wear down your enamel over time and leave your teeth weakened and susceptible to decay.

(Citrus fruits, sodas, sugary drinks/juices, tomato soup)

starchy foods

Foods High in Starch:

Foods that are high in starch easily stick to the surface of your teeth and between them, too. These starches will break down into sugar, promoting tooth decay.

(Breads, potato chips, rice, crackers, pasta)

Did you see some of your favorite foods on here? If so, don’t worry, moderation is the key! Some of these foods or their primary ingredients are fairly difficult to avoid in our daily diets. This is where great oral hygiene habits come into play such as daily flossing and brushing your teeth!

If you are unsure if some of your favorite foods are harming your teeth, feel free to talk to your DentFirst Dentist or Hygienist to learn more about how these foods may be affecting your smile.

Check back soon for a list of the types of foods that encourage a healthy and bright smile!

Patients are FIRST DentFirst!

 

*This information is adapted from Delta Dental and existing findings from the ADA.