When your teeth are properly cared for, they can remain strong and healthy for a lifetime. Making regular visits to Dr. Jacobs at Malden Dental for checkups at least twice a year is an important part of caring for your teeth. It’s also essential to practice a regimen of effective oral hygiene at home that includes brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash twice a day.
Another major factor in determining your oral health are the foods you choose for yourself and your family. Just as there are foods that are known to damage your teeth such as sweets and soda, there are also foods that promote a healthy smile. By selecting some foods and avoiding others, you can help keep your smile shining bright and strong.
Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic disease for children. The good news is that we know how to prevent it – practice good oral hygiene and avoid sugary foods! Some foods you and your kids should really try to limit or avoid completely are:
It’s important to eat a balanced diet to maintain your dental health. A balanced diet includes a variety of fruits and vegetable to get the nutrients your body needs. A good diet will boost your immune system and help prevent infections such as gum disease. Some of the best foods for your smile include:
Crunchy, watery, fibrous fruits
Fruits such as pears, apples, carrots, and celery are fantastic for your teeth. Chewing these foods causes your body to produce saliva, which helps to rinse your teeth clean. These healthy foods are also gently abrasive on your teeth. The fiber combined with the high water content in these fruits work to scrub bacteria-causing food particles from your smile.
Milk and cheese
These dairy products are both rich in calcium, an important building block for healthy teeth that helps keep enamel strong. They also reduce the acid level in your mouth, which helps fight tooth decay.
Drinking water helps you maintain high levels of saliva, and saliva fights plaque that can cause cavities and gum disease. Drinking or rinsing with water also flushes away food particles. That’s why it’s really a good a idea to drink water throughout the day, especially when snacking.
Spinach and leafy greens
Spinach and leafy greens are great for your teeth because they contain calcium and beta-carotene, which support the development of healthy tooth enamel.
At Malden Dental, we offer a full range of preventative treatments to protect your smile. We also provide several restorative and cosmetic treatments to help you find the smile you’ve been dreaming about. Call today and find out more about what our dental implants and other services can do for you.
Dr. Michael Jacobs
5955 Malden Road
Canada N9H 1S6
Monday: 9AM – 8PM
Tuesday: 9AM – 8PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 5PM
Thursday: 9AM – 8PM
Friday: 8AM - 4:30PM
Saturday: 9AM - 1PM