Did you know that making small but critical changes to your diet can improve your oral health?
Most patients are aware that the sugar found in candy, cookies, juices and sodas can harm your teeth, but some don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. A handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.
All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.
At Blaisdell Family Dentistry, we continue to see tooth damage caused by sodas and sports drinks. If you choose to drink them, sip them through a straw. By limiting the contact of these drinks on your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.
Another vital way you can improve yourr oral health is to get the proper amount of calcium (800mg of calcium a day for men and 1,000mg for women under 50). Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.
Diet alone will not prevent cavities and detrimental gum disease for dental patients, however, wise eating encourages healthy teeth and gums.
We’re accepting new general and cosmetic dental patients in the 83709 zip code area. I encourage you to call 208-377-9696 today to schedule an exam and cleaning.
Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise offers a full menu of general and specialty dental services including cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. For more specifics, call today to schedule an appointment.
Contact Blaisdell Family Dentistry: 208-377-9696
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