Whether you're eating out or staying in, it's important to understand the ingredients that are in your meals and the affects they can have on you, including your smile because unfortunately, like many things that can harm our bodies, it is very hard and sometimes irreversible to retain from these all to common dental issues.
The earlier we can overturn bad nutritional habits, the better of course. Let's face it, when it comes to our oral health alone, we only have two sets of teeth in our lifetime: baby and adult. We all know when we lose our baby teeth, so just let that sink in for the longevity that is meant for our adult teeth. We want to be a part of the solution, we care about your smile and understand how challenging it can be. Sometimes the proper methods and prevention were not taught or accurate, so please use us as a resource. We're here to help.
Researchers have found that gum disease progresses faster and is more severe in patients who don't follow a well-balanced diet supplying the necessary nutrients. You can see where this is going, I'm sure. It's all connected. Research shows a link between poor oral health and systemic conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Leading the pack, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. Why is this? We're not here to place blame, first and foremost we want to get that across. So there must be a lack in education because most parents would never intentionally do anything to harm their children. We want the best for them little bundles of joy.
The Good News: although we can't reverse the damage that may be done, we can definitely influence positive change going forward. Don't be afraid to come in to see the dentist, we'll never judge, we just want to help by doing whatever we can to regain your smile and the confidence behind it or keep it shining bright!
Here's some tips to start. :)
- Say no to sugar as much as possible, this is what causes plague build up and acid to attack the teeth. Stay away from sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or non-nutritious meals/snacks and anything that clings to your teeth.
- A well-balanced diet in moderation (making sure you don't overeat) and including variety in your meals (choosing from all five major food groups) is important for your dental health. Combinations of foods will neutralize acids in the mouth, which is why less snacking the better. For example, include complex carbs as part of your meal instead of eating them alone.
- Drink plenty of water. Washing down everything throughout the day helps stimulate saliva, which protects both hard and soft oral tissues lessening the effects of acids on the teeth. It's also okay to chew sugarless gum between meals to help keep your mouth moist.
- Increase fiber and vitamin intake, avoiding fab diets which usually limit or eliminate entire food groups.
- When reaching for a snack a good choice, to name a few would be organic fruits, natural nuts, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, natural cheese and any sugarless treats.
- Whole grains, lean protein (beef, skinless poultry, fish are great options), dry beans, greens, vegetables and low fat dairy foods are some good choices to include when planning meals.
- If you can stick to natural and organic by all means.
- Always remember to routinely brush twice and floss once daily. On the days when you overeat or have those treats we just can't resist sometimes (we're all human, it happens) make sure you brush as soon after as you can and good idea to toss some flosser sticks where most handy.
- Make sure to come in to the dental office regularly. Twice a year at least and follow your treatment plan. With regular dental care, we can help prevent oral problems from occurring in the first place and catch those that do occur in the early stages, while they are easy to treat. However, it's never too late to come no matter what the issue. It's always better to address the issue than go on in pain or what have you.
Here are some we follow.
Choose My Plate
Super Healthy Kids
Year in Food
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