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Dental Health and Nutrition

Monday, October 11, 2010 @ 02:10 PM
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Dental Health and Nutrition

 

Nutrition is a vital part of dental health.  Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley, P.S. and founding partner James G. Hood, D.D.S., M.A. are concerned about your entire  health and nutrition and offer nutritional supplements to order from our online store.

Dental Health

 

In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthful diet protects teeth from decay and keeps the gums healthy.  Choosing a healthy diet may sound easy; however, fruits, milk, cereals, bread, and some vegetables contain sugars and/or starches.  Carbonated sodas, sweet fruit drinks, and sugary snack foods should be limited.

Nutrition

Nutrition is defined as the sum of the processes concerned in the growth, maintenance, and repair of the living body, as a whole, or of its constituent parts.

Wellness

Wellness is defined as: “a multidimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being.”  Charles B. Corbin of Arizona State University

Maintaining Healthy Teeth

 

To maintain healthy teeth and a healthy mouth, you can take the following steps:

 

  1. Brush and floss your teeth daily.
  2. Visit your dental professional regularly to have your mouth and teeth examined. See your dental professional immediately if you notice any problems.
  3. Eat a healthy diet.
  4. Do not smoke.  If you do smoke, make sure to visit your dental professional regularly.  If you would like help to stop smoking then please visit our office.  Dr. James G. Hood has successfully helped many patients stop smoking permanently over the years.
  5. If you are pregnant, be sure to eat healthy foods and maintain good oral health.
  6. Brush your children’s teeth for them, until they have the dexterity to write their own name (not print).  They should then be able to brush their own teeth with your guidance.
  7. It is important to maintain the health of your mouth and teeth throughout your lifetime.

Helpful Foods for Prevent Cavities

 

You can protect your teeth by concluding meals with foods that do not promote cavities and may even prevent them.  For instance, aged cheeses help prevent cavities if consumed at the end of a meal.  Chewing sugarless gum stimulates the flow of saliva, which decreases acid and flushes out food particles.  Rinsing your mouth and brushing your teeth after eating are important strategies to prevent cavities.

 

Healthy Snacks that Don’t Attack Teeth

 

  • Celery and carrot snacks with hommous or avocado dip
  • Vegemite crackers with cheese
  • Plain yogurt, fresh fruit, and nuts

Diet Tips for Healthy Teeth and Gums

 

Consume plenty of:

 

  • Calcium-rich foods, such as low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables for vitamins A and C, and for chewing in order to promote healthy gums
  • Tea, which is a good source of fluoride

Limit:

 

  • Dried fruits and other sticky foods that lodge between the teeth

Avoid:

 

  • Sweet drinks and snacks
  • Steady sipping of acidic drinks for prolonged periods
  • Also remember, party food and drink is for special occasions not for everyday consumption, because they have more sugar than you need which destroy your teeth.

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