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Feb
28

Nutrition and Your Oral Health

Posted in Gum Disease

What you eat has a tremendous impact on the health of your teeth and your mouth. Not only do our dietary choices impact our overall health needs like immunity and nutrient intake, but the first thing our food choices come into contact with are our teeth. As those foods enter into our digestive system and blood supply, they have a tremendous effect on how our body fights periodontal disease (gum disease), tooth loss, systemic diseases (that often affect oral health) and the rate of tooth decay.

Complex carbohydrates like brown rice, vegetables, fruits and whole wheat bread or pasta help supply energy and keep our blood sugar levels in balance. Protein helps restore body tissues like bone and muscle. Healthy fats come from fish, nuts and oils, but our fat intake should be limited as it can increase diseases and cause obesity.

When we chew our food, our saliva interacts with the carbohydrates and sugars. The effects are a low pH and dental plaque biofilm that coat our teeth and cause demineralization of the tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay if the exposure is too frequent. Liquids especially can increase cavity rates as they coat all areas of the teeth, especially deep grooves or areas between. Avoid frequent acid exposure from soda or naturally sweetened drinks like juice or milk. Drinking with a straw can reduce enamel exposure if needed. Never put your child to bed with a bottle of milk or juice, as this liquid can coat the teeth and cause rampant tooth decay. Promote water drinking instead, as it naturally cleanses the mouth.

Increasing your vitamin intake through healthy foods and supplements can improve your body’s ability to fight gum infection like gum disease and gingivitis, allowing the area to heal more quickly and ensuring a longer lasting smile.

Posted on the behalf of Prime Dental Care

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Feb
25

Pregnancy and Dental Health

If a new baby is in your future, or if you just found out you were pregnant, you have a lot to think about.  You may need to be adjusting your diet, taking extra vitamins, requiring extra sleep, all on top of planning a place for the baby to live, creating the nursery, getting all of the supplies, and thinking about what to do on the big day when baby finally arrives.  Just thinking about all of this may make you tired, and leaving you with a desire to lay down and take a nap.

Pregnancy is an exciting time for you and your family.  One thing that is often overlooked, though, is your mouth and dental health during pregnancy.  It is obvious that continuing to brush and floss are important, but there are other issues that may impact your teeth during this time that you should be aware of.

If you are pregnant, you may have noticed that your hormones are in overdrive!  These increased hormones are what help keep baby healthy and able to grow during her nine months with you, however, these additional hormones can may make some dental problems worse. Things like periodontal disease (gum disease) can actually get worse during pregnancy or show up for the first time during pregnancy because of the hormone level.

After you have seen your health care provider and confirmed your pregnancy, make an appointment to see your dentist.  Inform him or her that you are pregnant, and let him know if you have noticed any changes in your mouth. Your dentist may offer you some additional tips on how to keep your mouth healthy during this time, including additional tips on how to brush or floss.

If your mouth is healthy, the rest of your body is likely to be healthy.  During pregnancy, this also means you are more likely to have a healthy baby…so don’t forget your dentist during this time!

Posted on the behalf of Prime Dental Care

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