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Healthy Eating for Your Teeth

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With summer just around the corner, days are getting longer and busier. Packing nutrient-rich foods, helps strengthen yours and your children’s oral health, making everyone less susceptible to tooth decay.

Here are some tooth healthy foods that you can enjoy not only all summer, but all year round:

Dairy

Cheese, yogurt, and milk all contain calcium, which helps strengthen tooth enamel. When making lunches/snacks with cheese, try using aged cheddar, swiss, or monterey jack. These cheeses have been found to protect teeth from decay.

Fruits and Vegetables

It is no surprise that fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamins. Citrus fruits contain vitamin C, important for healthy gums. While carrots and dried apricots contain vitamin A, which help build strong teeth.

Protein

Protein-rich foods, including meat, poultry, and fish, are good sources of phosphorous, a necessary mineral for tooth development. Nuts are a good alternative protein, they are rich in magnesium and phosphorous, which is optimal for oral health.

When packing lunches and snacks, try to avoid packing sodas, sports drinks, and sweetened fruit juices. These drinks are high in sugar and acid, which can contribute to tooth decay and obesity. Instead, opt for fluoridated water, milk, or pure fruit juice.

Introducing healthy eating habits at a young age is important for oral health and development. Health eating habits, hygiene habits, and maintaing regular dental appointments, are the building blocks for a lifetime of oral and overall health.

If you have any questions about oral health or tooth healthy foods, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Sugar and Your Teeth

Easter Sweets

With Easter right around the corner and chocolate bunnies and eggs piling high in your home, we wanted to remind you that eating too many sugary foods and drinks can lead to tooth decay.

When you eat sugary foods, your mouth’s natural bacteria work with sugar to multiply itself. Over time this turns into plaque, which can eat away at your tooth’s enamel causing cavities. If left untreated, these cavities will continue to grow and can lead to more severe dental problems.

Our modern diets include several types of sugar:
> Fructose: Naturally found in fruit and often added to processed food.
> Glucose: Found in starchy, carbohydrate rich foods.
> Lactose: Found in milk products and it is the least acidic of the sugars.
> Sucrose: Commonly known as table sugar.
> Maltose: Also known as malt sugar, created from barely and used to brew beer.

A great alternative to sugary foods and drinks is xylitol sweetened gum. It is chemically similar to sugar, but will not cause decay. In fact, it can reduce and even control existing tooth decay.

Have a very happy and healthy Easter long weekend, just remember to enjoy all the delicious sugar foods in moderation. If you have any questions or concerns about sugar and your oral health, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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A Kiss for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Kiss

In just a few days Valentine’s Day will be here – a day filled with roses, chocolates, and kisses. We’re not talking about those delicious little chocolate treats, we’re talking about the chocolate-free variety.

Did you know that when you kiss, thousands or even millions of bacteria are transported from person-to-person? It might sound gross, but it’s true. If you want your kissers to be in tip-top shape, here are some healthy mouth basics:

> Brush daily
Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day and use a soft toothbrush with fluoridated toothpaste.
> Floss daily
Floss your teeth in the morning or at night, just remember to make a habit of it. Feel free to use a flossing aid, if you have trouble flossing.
> Freshen your breath
A piece of sugar-free gum or a sugar-free breath mint can go a long way. Just make sure it contains Xylitol, which has been proven to reduce tooth decay.
> Eat healthy
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is not only good for your oral health, it is good for your overall health too. Try to limit the amount of acidic/sugary foods you consume, but feel free to have a little bit of candy on Valentine’s Day.
> Drink water
Water rinses away food particles from your mouth and keeps your breath fresh.
> Visit your dentist regularly
If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while or if you think there might be a problem, call your dentist today.

Have a kissable February 14th. If you have any questions or concerns about how to keep your mouth healthy, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here, to visit our website.  And remember to see your dentist/hygienist regularly to maintain your oral health. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page, it’s a great place to keep up with things that affect your dental health and wellness.

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