In this blog post from David Rice DDS in Elgin, we are talking about nutrition. There is nothing that impacts your smile as much as your eating habits. Develop good nutrition and your dentist will smile down on you too.
1. Rinse after eating
Rinse your mouth with a sip of water or brush your teeth after meals. People who snack all day long subject their teeth to sugars and food debris. Planned meals with brushing in between keeps your oral health on top.
2. Abstain from sugary gum
Sugar free gum doesn’t leave sugar to break down on your teeth and jeopardize your hard earned healthy gums. If you are gum chewer, do your smile a favor and go sugarless.
3. Avoid sticky foods
Sticky foods cling to your teeth, which puts you at risk of decay. Toffee, gummy candy, fruit snacks, even excessive dried fruit can be risky for smiles. Brushing doesn’t always clear away the obstinate particles, so remember to floss after eating sticky items.
4. Consume nutritious foods
A balanced diet with a variety of vitamins and minerals can keep the immune system sturdy and able to resist infection.
5. Say ‘cheese!’
Cheese contains calcium and protects teeth from acid that weakens tooth enamel. (It’s important not to go overboard as cheese is high in fat.)
6. Avoid acidic foods
Acid will eat away enamel over time: lemons, red wine, soda pop. Limit direct, constant, consistent exposure. All things in moderation.
At David Rice DDS in Elgin, we want our patients to do everything they can to keep their smiles healthy! That includes regular checkups. Our services include complete general and family dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Call to schedule a checkup today!