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An Apple A Day Keeps Cavities Away

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Oral Health



An apple a day keeps the doctor away…and cavities too. Tooth decay is caused by a number of factors, but you can control one: nutrition. When you maintain a healthy and nutritious diet, you are actually preventing cavities! Fruits, veggies, whole grains—all of those healthy options your doctor suggests are good for you holistically, and your teeth are no exception to all the benefits that come from a healthy diet. Low-fat dairy, and lean meats like turkey, chicken and fish are all excellent dietary additions too. Make sure you keep calcium in your diet: calcium is important to prevent bone loss (osteoporosis) as we age. If you lose calcium in your jaw bones, your teeth can become loose and fall out! Doctors recommend you get 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day from your food. Try fat-free yogurts and low-fat cheeses. Not a fan of dairy? Try getting it from greens. Kale, broccoli, spinach, and chard are all calcium rich vegetables that are easy to incorporate to your diet.

What should you stay away from? Processed foods (like chips, sodas, ‘juices’) all tend to be high in fats and sugars that can result in obesity and tooth decay. Alcohol is another culprit, but as the saying goes, everything in moderation. As long as you limit your alcohol intake to small amounts every once in a while, you can prevent irritation of the sensitive lining of your mouth. Excessive alcohol may also be related to oral cancer.

Information Source: The American Dental Association at http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/adults-over-60/nutrition

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Is Your City Fluoridating Their water? Here’s One That Didn’t

Although scientists have already provided ample evidence that fluoridating drinking water can help reduce dental carries (cavities), many cities still choose to forego fluoridation. If your city is choosing to stop fluoridating their water or if the water isn’t currently being fluoridated, this story of what happened in Juneau, Alaska might be a wake-up call. […]

Dec
9

The Abuse of Teeth in Nursing Homes

By the time you have reached your seventies, your teeth are tired. Even with proper care and regular trips to the dentist, your teeth and gums have gone through a lifetime of wear and tear. Teeth can withstand this wear and tear if they have received proper care and treatment throughout their life, but for […]

Dec
2

What is Enamel and How Does it Work?

If you’ve ever been to the dentist, then you’ve heard them talk about enamel. Dentists spend a lot of time talking to their patients about enamel, plaque, and tooth decay. We believe that to really understand how to keep your teeth healthy, you have to know what enamel is and how best to take care […]

Nov
25

Treating Cracked and Chipped Teeth

Cracked a Tooth? Cracking or chipping your tooth can be extremely painful. While a chipped or cracked tooth may cause issues with chewing, biting, and eating, it can also cause further harm to your other teeth. What Happens? A cracked tooth can cause harm to the root of the tooth and can sometimes lead to […]

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