Dental Tips Blog

Aug
30

Don’t Pack These in Your Kids’ Lunchboxes, Dentists Caution

Most of us adults have fond memories of opening our lunch bags to find mom packed us a goody to brighten our day at school.

If you have kids, you likely continue the tradition.

Yummy as sweet snacks may be, it’s important to think carefully about such decisions.

Dentists recommend that you avoid adding these items on a regular basis:

Sports drinks. Save these for game day when your kid is on the verge of dehydration. Consumed unnecessarily, sports drinks are an unbelievable source of enamel-eating acids and sugars.

Snack cakes. These are the highlight of any kid’s day! Just don’t make it their daily highlight. Sugary sweets contribute to diabetes and obesity as well as tooth decay.

Sugary granola bars. Although this sounds healthy, chewy refined grains smothered in syrup is a recipe for disaster if it all camps out on your child’s teeth for the rest of the day.

Don’t Forget A Toothbrush!

Whether your little mini-me likes healthy lunch options or not, you should always encourage diligent oral hygiene.

Actually, if you have a hard time getting your child to eat smile-friendly foods, then frequent proper brushing is all the more important. Keep a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste handy in their lunchbox, if they are old enough to use it appropriately.

By starting now, you can help your child lay the foundation for a bright and healthy future. Even if they don’t appreciate it now, they will thank you later! Smart snacking and regular brushing and flossing are the keys to avoiding tooth decay and cavities, spending less time in a dental chair, and spending less money on fillings, crowns and other dental restorations.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Jan
30

6 Foods That Help Fight Tooth Decay

Oral hygiene plays the biggest role in keeping your teeth free of cavity-causing bacteria. Fluoride is famous for its ability to strengthen tooth enamel against decay. But did you know that including a steady supply of the right food choices into your diet can boost your dental health?

Try out these very common and simple suggestions.

  1. Apples

High in fiber and water, fresh apples make for a refreshing snack or salad-topper. This fruit’s texture makes it something of a natural tooth cleanser.

  1. (Sugar-Free) Candy

One of your best defenses against cavities is none other than your own saliva. Dry mouth means you don’t have enough natural fluid washing away harmful plaque bacteria.

An artificially-sweetened treat can activate those saliva jets minus the damage caused by actual sugar.

  1. Nuts

Protein and fiber in nuts are beneficial to keeping your teeth clean and strong. Keep a few almonds or cashews handy to munch during the day.

  1. Seafood

Seafood is high in protein and also tends to contain natural traces of fluoride. Double bonus!

  1. Water

Don’t underestimate the benefits of good old tap water. It beats sweet drinks any day, keeps your mouth clean, and refuels your saliva glands.

  1. Cheese

This dairy favorite is high in calcium, which is essential to strong teeth and bones. Not only is cheese also a healthy source of protein, but its tart, mouth-watering tingle is another great way to boost saliva production.

Emerging evidence suggests that there could be key compounds in wine and raisins that may contribute to the fight against bacteria. Stay tuned to the latest developments by visiting your dentist on a regular basis.

Posted on behalf of:
Carolina Smiles
3244 Sunset Blvd
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 794-2273

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