Archive: August 28, 2016

The Tooth-Friendly Diet

healthy-diet-for-your-teeth Maintaining healthy teeth is a matter of daily dental care and a tooth-friendly diet. Daily care would involve flossing and brushing twice a day with an American Dental Association approved fluoride toothpaste. A tooth-friendly diet would observe the following dental health facts: • Protein, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D are needed to build and maintain healthy teeth. • Foods high in sugar, carbohydrates and acid contribute to tooth decay. • Foods with fiber provide a natural defense against cavities and gum disease. • Foods that require chewing and produce saliva reduce acid and remove food particles from teeth. • Rinsing with water after eating sweets or drinking sugary liquids will wash away sugar remaining on teeth. • Flouridated water protects teeth from decay. Here are foods that aid in maintaining healthy teeth: • Milk and other dairy products provide calcium, protein and Vitamin D; cheese is also good for chewing and counteracts acid. • Lean meat, poultry, fish or eggs provide protein and phosphorus; in addition, fish and eggs are sources of vitamin D which helps the body absorb calcium. • Fruits such as apples, oranges. bananas, strawberries and raspberries provide fiber; oranges contain calcium and phosphorus. • Vegetables such as leafy greens provide fiber; carrots, celery and cucumber require chewing, which produce saliva. • Nuts such as walnuts and almonds provide phosphorus and stimulate saliva production. • Sugarless chewing gum also produces saliva. • Black and green tea prevent bacteria from growing. Here are foods to minimize or avoid: • Foods with high sugar content such as candy-- especially hard candy, gummy candy, caramels, and sugary gum—allow bacteria to produce acid that cause cavities. • Soft drinks, including sweetened sports drinks, which have high sugar content have the same effect. Drinking water afterwards will rinse out the sugar. • Sticky foods such as dried fruit when eaten as a snack tends to stay on the teeth, inviting acid production. If eaten with a meal, the extra saliva produced will help wash it away. • Acidic foods such as citrus fruits, pickles, tomatoes, fruit juice and red wine can affect teeth over time, but can be minimized if taken in moderation and rinsed with water. • Starchy, refined carbohydrates such as chips, pasta, bread or crackers can lead to acid production if not rinsed out with water.

Watch What You Eat After Teeth-Whitening

wine-stained-teeth-dentist-ca Following your dentist's after care instructions is crucial to seeing maximum results. If you're whitening on your own at home, there's an easy rule of thumb to remember: if it will stain your clothes, it will stain your teeth. Who'd want that after going through the process of whitening? There are a plethora of foods that are best to be avoided right after undergoing a teeth whitening and for up to several days after. These include red and/or dark sauces, beets, soy sauce, dark berries, cola, and overly-acidic foods (like those that are pickled), which can wear down the already sensitive enamel. Freshly whitened teeth are also not immune to certain beverages, such as coffee, dark teas, cola drinks, and red wine, which are known to stain.

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Mercury Mouth: Are Amalgam Fillings Safe?

mercury-mouth-dentist-roseville-ca There is no substitute for consistent, preventive dental care. Regular brushing, flossing and rinsing are essential to oral health. Limiting sugar in the diet also helps to protect tooth enamel and pulp. Of course, semi-annual dental check-ups and cleanings are essential to a healthy mouth. All that said, even the most zealous of self-care practitioners can suffer from tooth decay and develop caries. This may relate to excessive mouth breathing or simply genetic predisposition. If cavities develop, they require filling with a substance that is non-toxic, strong and durable; a substance that will seal the affected tooth and prevent infections. The amalgam fillings that are widely used by dentists were first conceived in the early 19th century and employed primarily in England and France. Comprised of mercury, silver, copper and tin, this emulsion found its way to the United States in 1830; many patients reported harmful effects due to mercury exposure. Dental societies shunned amalgams and went so far as to designating their use as a form of malpractice. As the years passed, the proportions of the constituent components of amalgams were tweaked but mercury remained because of its ability to render the other metals more malleable. Over time, use of amalgams increased and professional objections diminished significantly.

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