With spring approaching, it seems like everyone including all our patients here in Stamford are looking to loose weight and achieve a healthier body for the summer months. Harbor Point Dental helps our Stamford patients rid themselves of unhealthy eating habits. We always associate what we eat with the appearance of our waistline, but are you aware that what you eat effects your smile as well? If you’re looking to jump on the band wagon of a healthy lifestyle for your body and your smile, then keep on reading. Harbor Point Dental Group will provide you with the knowledge you need to make healthy choices in your diet.
Harbor Point Dental helps Patients Understand Sugars and Acids
When it comes to taking charge of our health, we all know the drill… Cut out the junk food. Cakes, cookies, candies, potato chips, french fries, sodas, ice creams (You know, the stuff that tastes great.) are not just harmful to your waistline, but harmful to your teeth as well. Foods with large amounts of sugars tend to stick to teeth and form larger amounts of corrosive plaque. Don’t forget that starches turn to sugars in our bodies, so even whole grain breads and pastas, potatoes, carrots, corn and other starchy veggies can do just as much damage. Bananas, raisins, and other dried fruits are also high in natural sugar, despite the fact that they are healthy foods. Acidic foods are also harmful to tooth enamel such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, coffee and alcoholic beverages.
Duration Makes a Difference
Are you a constant snacker? A soda sipper? Frequent coffee shops on the hour, or spend most of your day fixing a cup in your office break room? Although healthy snacks are good to have, and when it comes to loosing weight, many of us do consume smaller meals throughout the day but we often don’t think about how it effects our teeth. Healthy snacks are good, especially fresh veggies and water. If you choose high fiber and whole grain snacks, try to limit it to mid morning and mid afternoon. Constant sipping of acidic or sugary drinks can also be very harmful to teeth. We all love our coffee, but it isn’t practical to brush our teeth after every sip of coffee in the morning. The best way to protect our smiles is to brush and floss after every meal. Want to brush after lunch, but working all day? Bring a little travel kit with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and even a little travel size mouth wash. If you need more information, when you come into Harbor Point Dental Group for your routine hygiene visit, be sure to as one of our dentists for some healthy habit tips.
What About Gum Chewing?
Chewing sugarless gum can actually be beneficial to your smile. Chewing sugarless gum helps dislodge food that becomes stuck to your teeth and also increases saliva flow to neutralize acids in your mouth. Some gums contain ingredients that can reduce cavities as well as heal areas on the teeth where cavities are beginning. Not to mention, help keep your breath fresh throughout the day. Chewing gum can be a problem, however, if you have jaw pain, other issues with your jaw, or if you have braces. If you have existing jaw issues or braces, consult with one of our dentists here at Harbor Point Dental Group.
Beware of Bad Breath
Many people have done a low-carb and even carb free diets. Cutting down on too many breads and carbs will effect your smile, as well as your waistline. When your body burns fat chemicals are released in your breath. These chemicals are called ketones, and when entering into a fat-burning state of ketosis, your breath can become stinky. This metabolic cause of bad breath can be conquered by modifying your diet to include a few healthy carbohydrates.
Now that you are armed with the knowledge presented to you by Harbor Point Dental Group, you can get proper nutrition, and be at your best. After all, your smile is your best accessory, so why not give it the same importance as your waistline? With these, and other healthy lifestyle tips, you can have a dazzling and healthy smile. For more oral health care tips, be sure to check out our other articles, and experience our dental spa at 711 Canal Street, Stamford CT. We look forward to seeing you soon!