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When Making Nutritional Choices
Pro tip: If you do eat something sticky, like fruit or candy, your natural reaction after you’re done might be to run to brush your teeth right away. But it’s
March is National Nutrition Month, and that means it’s a great opportunity to think about the choices we make when it comes to the food we eat. Everyone knows that you need healthy food to fuel your body, but fewer people are aware of the effects that nutrition can have on the health of your mouth. For this edition, we’ve got some facts that might surprise you and some tips for creating your healthiest smile. From an early age, we’re taught that sugar is the enemy when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy. But there’s a lot more going on than you might think, so let’s break down exactly why sugar isn’t a friend to your teeth. “Sugar” is actually a blanket term for carbohydrates. When certain types of carbs mix with the bacteria inside your mouth, acid forms, and that acid wears away at the enamel on your teeth, enabling decay to occur more easily. So, while you should be eating sugary foods in moderation, it’s also important to cut back on other high-carb foods, like pasta, bread, and crackers. When it comes to your teeth, did you know that not all fruits are healthy for you? A good diet should consist of plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins, but there are some foods in each of these categories to avoid. When it comes to fruit, eating from the berry family, especially blueberries and strawberries, is much better than eating a banana, which is extremely high in natural sugar.
actually detrimental to brush your teeth immediately after eating sticky foods because instead of removing the residue, you’re more likely to spread it around. Instead, drink plenty of water first, give the food a little while to dissolve, and then brush. There’s another culprit in the nutrition game when it comes to making healthy choices for your teeth that you likely haven’t thought about before. Did you know that certain brands of bottled water are more acidic than others? That’s right — even water is something to think about when it comes to your teeth. Acidic liquids are harmful, especially carbonated drinks like soda. But if your water has a pH level that’s lower than 5.5, you’ll want to find a different brand to drink. Tests by consumers have shown Fiji and Evian to be some of the best, and Dasani and Smartwater to be some of the worst. When in doubt, go for water fresh from the tap because those pH levels are regulated much more closely. Tips like these can feel like a lot to remember, but as long as you’re making healthy choices, only indulging once in a while, and following an effective oral hygiene regimen, your mouth will be in great shape. At the time the article above was written, we weren’t yet experiencing the COVID-19 outbreak. However, we want to inform you that we are doing everything we can to keep our patients and team members safe and healthy. Even though so much of our daily life has changed, and will continue to change, it is essential to maintain your daily routines (such as brushing and flossing your teeth) as it is one of the best ways to keep your immune system healthy. We have noticed there's no shortage of rolls of dental floss!
Pro tip: Strawberries are also a natural teeth whitener, so they’re one of the healthiest choices you can make for your mouth. Strawberries from Plant City, about 3 hours northwest of Palm Beach Gardens, are some of the best in the state. Making that road trip wouldn’t be a bad way to spend a weekend if you’re looking for a naturally whiter smile!
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It’s also important to stay away from sticky fruit, like raisins, because when they stick, they’re really hard to get off! The longer food stays on and between your teeth, the more opportunity it has to form the acid that will lead to decay.
For more information about what Gardens Dental Care is doing during this outbreak, please see Page 4 of this newsletter.
–Dr. David Yates
Gardens Dental Care • 561-529-4655
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