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3 Bad Habits to Kick for Better Dental Health

Having healthy teeth is important for more reasons than just a pretty smile. Healthy teeth also make it easier to speak, chew and keep you from experiencing much of the pain cavities and other oral issues bring.

But just brushing your teeth every day isn’t enough. There are some habits that might be harming your oral health which you should consider kicking to the curb quickly for your teeth’s sake and your own well being.

Smoking
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Leading the list because of the many serious health risks associated with it, is the bad habit of smoking. Not only are there cancers and other problems that are proven to result from smoking, but bad breath, yellow teeth and gum disease are also common oral problems you’ll face as a smoker.

Snacking

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While there is some debate on when is a healthy time to snack throughout the day, choosing those food options wisely is key. Most people are aware to brush their teeth between meals, but depending what you eat as a snack, you might need to add more brushing in to keep decay at bay. Sugars and carbs top the list as the worst choice but even sweet or acidic fruits can bring harm.

Skipping the Floss

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The only way to slow down decay caused by food particles trapped between your teeth is to floss. Many people think simply brushing will remove the buildup from food that’s made its way into and around the teeth but the truth is it only cleans the surface and you cannot forego flossing if you’d like to keep good oral health. In addition, be sure to add regular professional dental cleanings at least twice a year to remove plaque and calculus that have built up on your teeth which regular brushing doesn’t remove.

Fried Dentistry welcomes patients and families from the Wallingford and greater CT area to a welcoming environment of experienced dental assistants, lab technicians and hygienists that give you the full attention you need. Schedule an appointment today.

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Get Whiter Teeth You Can Smile About

Having white teeth isn’t a new fad. The desire has actually been around for ages. While the processes have changed drastically, the end result, teeth that are bright and clean, has remained the same.

History of Teeth Whitening

The methods for whitening were unique to say the least thousands of years ago. Egyptians we’re whitening their teeth with a paste they made from pumice and vinegar while Romans used urine and barbers in the 17th century were filing down enamel and using acid. Much later in the 80’s, whitening systems using trays and peroxide became popular and morphed into the techniques we’re using still today to have pearly white smiles.

How to Get White Teeth

Before you start a whitening treatment, consider the habits you have that might be causing your teeth to discolor. Caffeine, medications and smoking are just some of the ways teeth can yellow. You should also get into the habit of brushing and flossing regularly to keep your teeth in the best shape possible. You’ll also want to look for a toothpaste that includes baking soda if whiter teeth is your goal.

In- Office Whitening

Today this cosmetic dental treatment for your teeth is very popular. While many people are still using home kits to try and whiten their teeth, nothing compares to chair-side bleaching results. Stronger doses of bleaching agents and close application and monitoring by a professional make it possible to have better results in a faster time period.

At Fried Dentistry we offer Zoom teeth whitening service which uses 25 percent hydrogen peroxide gel activated by a special UV light for a gentle whitening process. We also offer the Zoom “Whitening for Life” program so you can maintain your bright whites. Contact us to learn more or schedule an appointment today.

The Best Foods for Healthy Teeth

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The benefits of eating a well-balanced diet have been touted for years. From weight loss, to longer life and more energy, the advantages are endless.

Over the years, modifications to the recommended amounts of food have changed, but the basics of eating clean, natural foods remains. Did you also know that there are some foods that are better for your oral health than others? Eating poorly can result in bad breath, gum disease and other issues.

Here are the best foods to eat for healthy teeth.

Dairy

It’s true what we’ve been told for so long, milk strengthens our bones and the calcium is also good for our teeth. Cheese and yogurt, which are also high in protein, are also great dairy options for keeping teeth healthy and strong. The elements in these dairy product do everything from fight acidity and bacteria in the mouth to restore enamel on the teeth.

Fruit

Fruits are a tricky food group to include when discussing oral health and in particular strong teeth since many citrus fruits are the culprit to enamel erosion and tooth decay. The vitamin C in the fruits however are great for your teeth. Apples are a safe bet. They help keep saliva going in the mouth, work to scrub the plaque on your teeth as you chew and contain fiber.

Vegetables

This is the largest food group with safe choices for oral health. They contain the least sugars, and calories so eating them in larger quantities isn’t a problem. And as an added bonus, there are tons of great minerals and vitamins in vegetables.  Leafy greens like spinach and kale have folic acid and vitamin D while carrots and celery – which contain vitamin A and C –work to improve the overall health of your gums and mouth. Again, the chewing you have to do to get these crunchy vegetables down only further helps to keep plaque off your teeth and your gums strong.

Nuts

Nuts, which are also a food that is low in sugar, are highly recommended for combatting tooth decay. There are a range of different options and textures to choose from including cashews, Brazil nuts and almonds and the combination of calcium, phosphorous and protein keeps tooth decay at bay.

One thing to keep in mind is that while it’s a given that sugars and hard, sticky candies are terrible for your teeth, there are some healthy foods that contain the same problem-causing sugar and should be monitored and consumed in regulated amounts.

If you’re ready to get your teeth back to a healthy state then make an appointment at Fried Dentistry today.