Nosh on These Teeth-friendly Snacks
While brushing and flossing are essential when it comes to keeping your pearly whites sparkling, knowing what foods to snack on can also play a role in maintaining excellent oral health. While you’ll want to steer clear of sugary and acidic foods that can cause decay or erosion, there are many types of food that actually help your teeth and body.
Calcium-rich foods such as cheese and milk help to build up and fortify your teeth. These and other dairy products, along with nuts, chicken and meats contain phosphorus, an essential mineral that helps to bring minerals back to the teeth.
Crunchy raw vegetables, including carrots, celery and apples can also keep your teeth and gums clean. The crunching action effectively cleans your teeth and reduces bacteria naturally—but it’s not an excuse to skip brushing!
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H2O Hydration for Better Oral Health
You know the signs of dehydration: headaches, listlessness and fatigue to name a few. Making sure you’re adequately hydrated with water, not sugary soft drinks or juice, doesn’t just help your body function better, but also improves your oral health. Why?
In addition to brushing, drinking water washes away bacteria and rids your mouth of residue left from food, keeping your mouth clean.
Drinking water also alleviates xerostomia (dry mouth), a condition that can lead to tooth decay. Dry mouth occurs when your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva. By drinking more water, you help your mouth produce more bacteria-battling saliva.
Upping your water intake isn’t just good for your teeth—it also helps your gums. Some even believe that staying well hydrated may reduce your risk of gum disease or gingivitis.
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Do Your Gums Bleed When You Floss?
It’s no secret that flossing is an important part of practicing healthy oral hygiene habits. Every now and then, it’s not uncommon to notice a bit of bleeding during the process. But how much is normal and why does it happen?
There are a few different causes of bleeding gums, including plaque buildup, vitamin deficiencies and bacteria in the mouth. If you’re just starting to floss more often, it’s not uncommon to notice bleeding gums, though it should diminish when your mouth gets accustomed to the new habit.
If this happens, try incorporating a mouth rinse into your new flossing ritual to further cleanse and calm the gums.
If your gums continuously bleed when flossing, it may be time to change up your dental regimen as it could be a warning sign of periodontitis or gum disease. Schedule an appointment with our practice to make sure your mouth remains healthy!