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It is Teeth-safe Food Month

It is Teeth-safe Food Month

It is Teeth-safe Food Month! Food plays a pivotal role in our lives and is linked to our health in more ways than we can count. Oral health is no exception! Knowing which foods are helpful and which are harmful to your teeth is integral to keeping your smile healthy and bright. 

 

Cavities are one of the most common dental problems, and they are often directly linked to what we eat. One of the most common causes of cavities is the consumption of refined sugar. When consumed, it is broken down by bacteria and turned into acid, which in turn dissolves 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 safest ways to still enjoy your favorite sugary treats while keeping your teeth safe?

  • 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.
  • 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. 

 

Having a healthy diet is extremely important for your oral health. The right foods keep your teeth safe and your gums and bones strong. Finding foods you enjoy that are also rich in vitamins is beneficial and not hard to do! Foods containing folic acid, calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin C are some of the best options for strong teeth and healthy gums. Here are some of our favorite picks…

  • 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!
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

Food allergies are unfortunately common, especially when it comes to foods such as nuts and dairy. The food items listed above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to food that is good for your teeth. You have so many choices and will never be bored! Making sure you eat a variety of foods with the above vitamins and minerals will strengthen both your oral health as well as your overall well-being. We can give you plenty of tips on our blog, but it’s always better to come to see us in person! Give us a call today at (903) 597-3940 to schedule an appointment!

How can I help my children love brushing their teeth?

How can I help my children love brushing their teeth?

You’re not alone if you have trouble getting your young children to brush their teeth without complaint. The good thing is there are ways to make your children not only brush their teeth but enjoy it too! We are here to share with you our three favorite ways to get your children to love brushing their teeth!

 

  • Make it fun.

There are many ways you can make oral hygiene more exciting for your kids. Try making a brushing playlist of your children’s favorite songs, or even find a couple of dental-themed songs. Whenever it is time for brushing, put this playlist on and join your children in their oral hygiene routine. They will be even more excited if you take them shopping for new toothbrushes! Most stores carry toothbrushes both in vibrant colors and with beloved Disney and other cartoon characters on them. Kids also tend to enjoy the excitement of using electric toothbrushes. There are so many fun and creative ways to get your children to view oral hygiene not just as necessary, but as fun! Before you know it, your kids will be asking when it is time to brush their teeth. 

 

  • Teach your children the importance of oral health early and model good oral hygiene yourself. 

Even though they may not understand why they need to do some things, toddlers and younger children tend to internalize the values parents instill in them. Oral hygiene is no exception. If children see their parents consistently brushing and flossing, they will recognize that this should be routine. You can also try creating a specific brushing and flossing time with your children. When they become old enough to take care of their oral hygiene independently, a particular time will already be ingrained in them. It is essential to explain to children the benefits of certain behaviors. Teach them why a healthy smile will lead to a healthy, happy life! You can even throw something in about making the Tooth Fairy happy if you want.

 

  • Reward good brushing behavior to reinforce it for your children. 

Children are driven by rewards just as much as they are driven by fun. Rewards don’t have to be big, expensive, or complicated. They could be as simple as adding shiny stickers to a chart every time your children brush their teeth without being told to do so. You could even let your children choose dinner one night of the week if they have been good about brushing their teeth. Rewards, no matter how small, will reinforce good oral health habits in your children.

 

Every child should learn the importance of brushing their teeth. Making oral care fun, educating your children about why brushing is essential, modeling good behavior, and rewarding your children when they are doing well are all ways to increase good brushing behavior and overall oral health. Let’s get brushing!

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

Keeping up with your oral health is extremely important. We are here to tell you why!

Many people wonder why it is necessary to visit the dentist every six months. Staying on top of your oral health is more beneficial than you realize, and we are excited to share some of our favorite ways to do so. You will want to make sure you have your next dental visit scheduled after reading this!

Overall health

Copious amounts of research has been done regarding the connection between oral health and other types of health issues. It is not widely known that links have been discovered between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. How does this happen? Many of these conditions can be detected through your mouth. During your routine dental appointments, your dentist will be able to see these manifestations if they are present. Your dentist’s oral health expertise can detect other issues you may be unable to detect yourself.

Catch problems before they grow

Dentists have unparalleled experience when it comes to catching oral health issues early on. People tend to believe that cavities are accompanied by intense pain and, therefore, are easy to detect. This can be true with certain cavities, but it isn’t always so. In some cases, you may not be able to feel a cavity at all. If you are going to your dentist routinely, painless cavities will be caught and treated before they become worse and result in more difficult and expensive treatment.

Keeping bacteria at bay

Why is leaving plaque untreated bad for your oral health? Plaque is a layer of sticky, clear bacteria on your teeth that is very difficult to keep under control using only your daily brushing routine. This is one of the main reasons why your routine dental cleanings are so integral. If plaque sticks to your teeth for too long, it will harden and become tartar. You cannot remove tartar with your at-home routine. If you let it build up for too long, it can result in infection. Without six-month cleanings, you would be unable to stay on top of tartar and plaque buildup.

Don’t forget your gums

The health of your gums is tied into your overall oral health. It can be difficult to keep up with if you do not possess dental knowledge. During your six-month checkup, your dentist will check the depth of the space between your teeth and gums with a unique tool. If the area is deep, you may have gum disease. Small checkups like this may seem like they won’t change much, but you will be thankful for them in the long run.

Hopefully, you all can gather that your routine dental exams and cleanings are very important when it comes to staying on top of your oral health. If you choose to skip or postpone these exams, you risk developing issues that could cost you more money and time later on. We promise that routine dental appointments are something to smile about!