Healthy Dental Tips Blog

3 Top Holiday Foods That Damage Your Teeth

Posted by Rachel Moody, MBA on Dec 1, 2014 11:00:00 AM

The holidays are a time when a lot of people choose to indulge in sweet treats considerably more often than they do the rest of the year. For most people, it’s simply because they’re enjoying time with friends and family and an extra slice of pie just doesn’t seem like too bad of an idea in the long run. After all, you can always exercise it off after the holiday season is over, right?

While you might be able to burn off excess calories from holiday treats, you can’t undo the damage to your teeth that some holiday foods can bring. This year, try to steer clear of these foods that can damage your teeth, even if you find them around the dinner table or on the coffee table as snacks.

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Topics: Foods for Healthy Teeth

You May Save Your Teeth from Cavities with Dairy Products and Cheese.

Posted by Svetlana Li on Jul 3, 2013 3:30:00 PM

Eat your fruits, your veggies, drink water, and get lots of sleep; these are some of the pearls of wisdom we are often told to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. And they are great pieces of advice too. However, there’s also advice related directly to maintaining healthy teeth; in addition to brushing, flossing, and avoiding sugary treats, you may also benefit from consuming dairy products.

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Topics: Foods for Healthy Teeth, Dental Tips

What Can Stain Your Teeth?

Posted by Svetlana Li on May 31, 2013 5:18:00 PM

It’s a typical reaction when you greet someone: you flash your pearly whites in a wonderful smile. But what happens when your pearly whites aren’t so white? It can happen to anyone, but maybe it has happened to you due to stains.

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Topics: Dental Hygiene, Brushing Teeth, Foods for Healthy Teeth, Dental Care Basics, Dental Tips

Obesity and Dental Care Among Children Who Live At or Below the Poverty Line.

Posted by Svetlana Li on Mar 18, 2013 10:32:00 AM

Kids love chocolate.  They love candy, and many of the refined sugary goodies that aren’t healthy for them – or their teeth.  A treat once in a while is ok, but what happens when a child’s diet consists mainly of processed, refined foods instead of natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains?  Combine that lack of proper nutrition with a lack of exercise, and obesity could be on the horizon.

What makes this issue worse is that many children who live at or below the poverty line are more susceptible to this type of diet.  Not because of lack of parental care, but because eating well can cost a lot – more than the parents can afford. Processed food is more affordable, and because it provides more calories, it fills up empty tummies. 

In addition to higher obesity rates, researchers have found links between the rates of obesity in children and the dental care that they receive.  Basically, children living in poverty are also more prone to more dental issues.  When families lack the means to afford regular dental care, and when the diet is full of food that is bad for teeth, then they are more likely to suffer from cavities – and more of them – than other families.  Additionally, the dental issues that they develop tend to be more severe because they are not caught early on, if at all.  And the more severe the issue is, the greater the tendency for other issues to occur.  For example, cavities can develop into infections and even abscesses.  Children may experience continued mouth and dental pain, thereby reducing their quality of life until the issue can be addressed, which can take months. 

But that’s not all.  Researchers have also found that when children don't have access to, or learn about, proper oral and dental care, then as adults, they have a greater incidence of lung disease, heart disease, and strokes.  For those who are diabetic, their condition can become worse. 

Families living in poverty simply cannot afford to buy healthier food or pay for dental care – so what can be done about this?  Preventing or reducing one issue will reduce the other, but it’s not easy to do. Parents need access to affordable, accessible, and nutritious food to reduce obesity in their children.  This will help keep their teeth healthier.  Combine this with a greater availability of dental and nutritional education and care to catch minor problems before they become larger, painful ones.  These factors, when implemented early on, will follow through to adulthood. 

Dental care should never be overlooked or forgotten.  Through donations, volunteering, or providing education to those in your community will go a long way to alleviating issues in childhood that will plague them later on.

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Topics: Gingivitis, Foods for Healthy Teeth, Kids, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Care Basics

Donate to Kids’ Healthy Smiles

Posted by Svetlana Li on Mar 6, 2013 5:04:00 PM

As everyone knows, the cost of healthcare can be quite hefty, and in many cases, practically prohibitive. In these situations, parents may not be able to take their children to get dental checkups, and that is unfortunate. Learning proper dental habits and procedures early in life bodes well for great oral care – and the state of a person’s teeth and gums is a major indicator of a person’s overall health.

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Topics: Foods for Healthy Teeth, Kids, Dental Care Basics, Dentistry, Dental Tips

Some of the Best Foods for Healthy Teeth May Come as a Surprise.

Posted by Svetlana Li on Feb 28, 2013 10:26:00 AM

Having a consistent, healthy diet, is good for your body AND for your smile. Many people don’t realize how important their food is for their teeth. Just like unhealthy food can cause your enamel to wear away and stains to occur, healthy foods can keep your teeth strong and can even make them whiter. 

Some of the best foods for healthy teeth may come as a surprise. These foods are easy to incorporate into your everyday diet and make the effects of your good oral hygiene that much more effective. Other than maintaining your teeth by brushing and flossing and visiting your dentist twice each year, adding these nutritious bites will make a huge difference in the health of your teeth.

Cheese is one of the best foods for healthy teeth for a number of different reasons. For one, it is low in sugar and high in calcium, but that’s not all. Cheese is also an essential part of a healthy diet because it contains casein, which is a protein that is particularly useful for fortifying the tooth enamel.

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Topics: Foods for Healthy Teeth