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Your Charlotte Dentist Shares Why Proper Nutrition Goes Hand in Hand with Your Smile
When you brush your teeth every morning and night, you know that this is an integral part of your oral and dental health. Skipping this step can be dangerous and can allow bacteria to form, causing cavities, decay, and other potential issues. As you’re ensuring that your dental routine is up to par, your Charlotte dentist urges you to do the same with your daily diet!
The nutrition you consume plays a huge part in your dental health and can start to show negative side effects if your diet doesn’t include enough healthy and beneficial foods. A balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, protein-rich foods, calcium-rich foods, and other beneficial factors will give you the right nutrients that can only make your teeth stronger, your smile wider, and your overall health simply better!
With the help of these calcium rich-foods, you’ll be able to both strengthen your teeth and bones:
- Low-fat/fat-free milk, yogurt, and cheese
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- Soy drinks/tofu
Vitamin C Foods and Drinks
To better your gum health, integrate some of these naturally sweet and tasty items:
- Citrus fruits and natural citrus beverages
Remember, too much of a good thing can also be dangerous, so don’t hesitate to ask us how to enjoy these things moderately to get the most out of their helpful ingredients and resources. For example, while citrus fruits have plenty of natural Vitamin C, they’re also extremely abrasive and can weaken and erode your enamel. Without the protective surface of your tooth, you’re exposing the root of the tooth, which holds the nerves and can cause sharp pains when in contact with foods and drinks of varying temperatures and ingredients.
What to Know about Snacking
We know that there are countless snacks out there that promote healthy living, but not all these snacks apply to the healthiness of your teeth and gums. The act of snacking in between meals can be extremely harmful by itself – the more often you eat, especially in between your major meals like breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the more likely you are to expose your teeth to acidic, damaging ingredients that weaken your smile.
If you do choose to snack, be careful about what you pick! Fresh produce is some of the best options, like celery, carrots, peppers, and cucumbers. Dried fruit, while convenient, is packed with sugary ingredients for longevity and sucked of their natural, truly beneficial aspects. Many naturally grown fruits already contain water, a beneficial factor for your smile, and dried fruit removes this to preserve the snack for longer periods of time. Trust us – still to the natural stuff!
Looking for more ways to maintain a healthy smile? Give your Charlotte dentist a call at (704) 541-5059 and schedule a consultation with our office. Every smile is unique, and our goal is to give you the best treatment that’s right for your teeth!
We know your time is valuable and we make it our priority to be on time for all appointments. We are currently at 96% on-time appointments and are working hard to take every patient back at or before their appointment time. Occasionally we run behind because of an emergency but we will always keep you informed if we think we are going to be late.
We love to keep up with all the exciting life events of our patients, their kids, grandkids and even pets! We keep this picture board filled with some of the great memories patients have shared with us over the years. At your next dental visit, bring us a picture of your loved ones to add to our display.
Please welcome Sarah, our new receptionist and patient coordinator!
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Sarah comes to us with dental assisting experience. This is valuable for all our patients because she understands the clinical side of dentistry as well. She has been in dentistry for 4 years and in customer service for over 15 years. Sarah is great with scheduling your appointments.
When not at Park Crossing Dentistry, Sarah enjoys her pets and all animals. She hopes to have her own rescue/sanctuary for animals someday.
We want to express our gratitude to all our great patients and dental specialists who have brought in so many yummy treats throughout the year! We have thoroughly enjoyed all the goodies and appreciate your thoughtfulness.