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Foods to Eat to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

No matter what you eat, your teeth will experience some wear and tear over time.  It is only right to try and reduce the stress we put on our teeth.  Obviously, foods that are high in calcium and low in sugar are going to leave your mouth in a better state of health than if you were eating sugary desserts, for example. 

When it comes to your oral health - just like your bodily health - you are what you eat.  When your diet is not the best it could be, one of the first things that will start to go downhill is your teeth.  Here is a list of some of the better food items to include in your diet.

Cheese

Lucky for you cheese lovers out there, there is a whole other reason to eat this delicious food.  Eating cheese such as cheddar has been known to raise the pH levels in a person’s mouth which lowers their risk of tooth decay. Cheese is also a food that contains calcium, nutrients, and protein proven to help strengthen the enamel of your teeth.

Yogurt

Like cheese, yogurt is a dairy product that is high in protein and calcium. This makes it a great pick for a diet that helps improve the strength of your teeth.  In addition, yogurt has probiotics which, in addition to helping with digestion, can crowd out the bad bacteria in your mouth and prevent your gums from getting gum disease.  If you are going to add more yogurt to your diet, be sure to choose one with no added sugar.

Leafy Greens

The darker the better!  Vegetables with a darker hue of green often carry more iron and nutrients than their paler counterparts.  Greens such as kale and spinach are high in calcium and folic acid, which is a B vitamin with multiple health benefits, including guarding against gum disease.

For more information on what foods to eat to maintain a healthy smile, visit Sherwood Dental today!

 

  

Oral Health Facts to Keep in Mind

Dental health is not as simple as many people make it out to be.  Like any part of your overall health – diet, exercise, etc. – dental health takes patience, perseverance, and continuous care.  Here are some good things to remember when leaving your dentist’s office, on the way to your dentist’s office, and generally all year round.

A White Smile Takes Time

A beautiful smile does not just happen overnight.  It is up to you to introduce little changes to your daily routine that will contribute to your overall progress.  Plaque, the rough film of bacteria every commercial for toothpaste and brushes tells us about, is constantly forming at your gum line and the surfaces of your teeth.  It takes time to remove and to remove completely, so be sure to brush your teeth two to three minutes at a time and at least twice daily. 

You can even use a timer to help make sure you are spending enough time brushing, or even play a song that is roughly 2-3 minutes and measure by that.  Tools like floss should be used once a day before bed, and to cap it all off, you can finish your routine by rinsing with mouthwash to keep your gums healthy and pink.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Don’t skimp on time with your dentist.  Your dentist and your dental hygienist have the expertise and experience to help you get the best, most glowing smile you can.  Visit your dentist twice a year for professional cleaning and an oral health checkup.  Visiting your dentist regularly can also do wonders for finding hidden problems you might not be able to see, and to give you tips on keeping your family’s dental hygiene up to snuff. 

Don’t be afraid of a little extra love and care when it comes to your teeth.  Visit Sherwood Dental to book your next dental health checkup.

 

   

Preparing Your Child to Visit the Dentist: March 10th, 2016     

When it comes time to go to the dentist’s office, many people get cold feet. This is unfortunate, as fear can prevent people from getting the treatment and care that they need. If you avoid going to the dentist, a small cavity or need for cleaning can turn into a much larger problem, like the need for an extraction and root canal.

When you have kids, you want to start them out on the right foot with the dentist. Going to the dentist can be a strange experience for your child, which is why it is important to prepare ahead of time.

Our Tips for Bringing Your Child to the Dentist

Start early.

Most dentists recommend that you bring your child at around age one or when the first tooth is visible. Not only will this give your dentist the opportunity to catch any problems, it will also let your child become accustomed to the dentist’s chair early on.

Don’t Go into Detail

Your child does not need a full scientific explanation of what the dentist will do and why. A simple explanation that the dentist is going to look at and clean the teeth will be fine. Too much detail can cause a scary information overload for your child. Later, if he or she has questions, you can answer.  

Be Positive

Many adults enter the dentist’s office with premonitions of doom and cavities. Don’t project that on your child. Tell your child that the dentist wants to see how strong his or her teeth are, or how many teeth they have. Keep it upbeat and focus on things that will make your child proud to visit the dentist.  

Make Connections

Your dentist can assist you with encouraging your child to maintain good dental hygiene at home. Have your child discuss with the dentist how often he or she brushes his or her teeth, and explain the connection between at home cleaning and what the dentist does.

If you help your child build a good relationship with dental care early on, you will be setting him or her on the path of great dental hygiene for life. Call Sherwood Dental today to book an appointment for your child.