Posts for: June, 2017

Fruits and veggies pack an extra punch

Fruits and veggies are an important part of any balanced diet, and they are also good for your teeth.  Since they are high in water and fiber, they help to balance the sugars they contain and help to clean your teeth.  Chewing also helps to stimulate saliva production, which washes harmful acids and food particles away from your teeth.

 

Nourishing nuts

Nuts contain protein and minerals important for overall health.  In addition, nuts that are low in carbohydrates don’t add to your risk of cavities. Why? Because tooth decay is caused by acid-producing bacteria that are activated by carbs.  Another benefit is that chewing nuts stimulates saliva production, which can reduce your risk for tooth decay.

 

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What you eat matters

While these hard candies seem harmless, eat too many and the constant exposure to sugar can be harmful to your teeth.  Hard candies also put your teeth at risk because in addition to being full of sugar, they can also trigger a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped tooth.  Better alternative? Chew sugarless gum that carries the ADA Seal.

 

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Watch your citrus intake

The truth is that frequent exposures to acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time.  So even though a squeeze of lemon or lime can turn a simple glass of water into a fun beverage, it's not always the best choice for your mouth.  Citric fruits and juices can also irritate mouth sores.  Make sure to drink plenty of plain water.


If your gums bleed, it's important to get it under control.  Though it might be due to a simple reason, like using a toothbrush that's too hard, there's more to it than that sometimes.  Research suggests that periodontal disease, which may be the reason for your bleeding gums, is linked to conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and premature birth.

Have You Changed Your Flossing Habits?

 

Did you recently start flossing again after a long break? Or are you new to the routine? You'll probably notice some bleeding as your gums get used to it.  Don't let the sight of blood make you give up this healthy habit.  After about a week, your gums will calm down. Flossing removes plaque that can prevent bleeding gums in the future.

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Your Toothbrush Is Too Rough

Hard bristles can hurt on your delicate gums.  Bleeding could be a sign you need a softer brush or that you're going at your gums too intensely.  Buy a soft or extra-soft toothbrush and use a gentle circular motion to clean your teeth and gums so you don't injure them.


Torso view of a pregnant woman holding a salad

Now more than ever, it’s important to eat a well balanced diet.  That’s because what you eat during your pregnancy affects the development of your baby, including the teeth.  A baby’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of the pregnancy.  

What to Eat

According to MyPlate, a website from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture, a balanced diet should include:

  • Fruits and vegetables. Combined these should be half of what you eat every day.
  • Grains. Make sure at least half of the grains you eat are whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice.
  • Dairy. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods.
  • Lean proteins. Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish. Try to vary your protein choices to include eggs, beans, peas and legumes, too. 

In addition to maintaining a healthy diet, try to resist the urge to snack constantly.  While it’s normal for pregnant woman to have the desire to eat more, frequent snacking can be an invitation to tooth decay.  When you do snack, choose foods that are nutritious for you and your baby such as raw fruits and vegetables, yogurt, or cheese, and make sure to follow your physician’s advice regarding diet.




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