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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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Live Longer, Smile More

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Are you happy with your smile, proud to show it off whenever you can? Or do you try and hide it, half smiling or never even showing your teeth at all?

Recent studies found that the size of your smile can impact the length of your life. The study looked at whether people had a big, toothy grin, smiled without their teeth, or didn’t smile at all. The results were clear – the bigger the smile, the longer the life.

If you are unhappy with your smile, Centre Dentaire LaSalle can help. Here are some ways we can help you smile with pride:

> Dental Implants: If you are missing teeth, dental implants are a long-lasting solution that can give you a natural-looking smile.

> Replace Silver Fillings: Replacing your silver fillings with tooth-coloured ones can give you a more natural-looking smile while strengthening and restoring your teeth.

> Veneers: Veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth, straighten your smile, and close gaps.

> Teeth Whitening: If your teeth are discoloured or stained, brighten them with professional teeth whitening.

Remember to smile now, smile often, and maybe you’ll live a little longer. If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry or your dental 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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Can Wine and Coffee Damage Your Teeth?

Can Wine and Coffee Damage Your Teeth

Starting your day with a steaming cup of coffee and ending it with a glass of wine at dinner may seem completely normal. But did you know that these beverages can actually harm your teeth?

Drinking dark coloured beverages, like coffee and red wine, can stain your teeth, leaving them yellowed and discoloured. White wine drinkers are not completely in the clear. Coffee as well as all wines, red, white, and even blush, are highly acidic. Over consuming acidic foods/drinks can cause tooth enamel to break down, making your teeth more prone to cavities and tooth sensitivity.

Here are a few steps to help protect your smile:

> Sip, Don’t Slosh:
Some of the worst effects of wine on teeth belong to the wine tasters – those who soak their teeth in wine and slosh it around. If you love sampling wines, try to simply sip it and avoid letting it touch your teeth any longer than necessary.

> Wait Before You Brush:
Your teeth are coated with a thin layer of acid after drinking coffee or wine. Wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth, otherwise you are spreading the acid deeper into your tooth enamel.

> Have Some Cheese:
Cheese doesn’t just compliment wine, it actually helps to balance the acid in your mouth, prevent dental erosion, and strengthen tooth enamel.

> Brighten Your Smile:
If yellowed, stained teeth are getting you down, visit your dentist to determine if tooth whitening can give you a brighter, whiter smile. 

We know that many people covet their cup of coffee and glass of wine and we don’t want you to give them up entirely. We just want you to be aware that these beverages, especially when over consumed, pose risks to your teeth. Regular dental appointments can help minimize this damage, while also helping you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

If you have any questions or concerns about your teeth, 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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Green Tea and Your Teeth

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The weather is getting colder and now is the perfect time to warm up with a cup of tea. Tea is not only good for your body, drinking green tea daily can actually improve your oral health.

Studies have shown that substances in green tea help to kill and even inhibit the growth of bacteria. This helps to reduce your chances of tooth decay, gum disease, and even bad breath.

In green tea, the substance is called catechins, an antimicrobial molecule that is particularly beneficial when enjoyed without a sweetener. Adding sugar to your green tea may prevent it from protecting your teeth since sugar creates a breeding ground for bacteria.

Drinking one cup of green tea daily is a simple way to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Have a non-sweetened cup today. Your mouth will thank you.

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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