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Avoid These Foods for Healthy Teeth

Avoid These Foods for Healthy Teeth

Your diet plays a large role in the health of your teeth.  Avoid these foods to keep your smile healthy and bright.  First on the list are sodas.  Sipping on sodas constantly feeds cavity bacteria.  The sugar and acid can destroy your enamel.   Other acidic and sugary drinks, like energy drinks, sports drinks and coffee and tea with sugar also damage teeth and feed harmful bacteria. Water is the best thing to drink throughout the day.

Don’t Chew Ice

Chewing ice can fracture teeth and dental work. For many, chewing ice is a habit. It’s one habit you should avoid.  Even though ice doesn’t contain sugar, it can still wear down your teeth and lead to expensive dental work.

Avoid chewing ice

A Warning About Sticky Foods

Many dried fruits are sticky and will hold sugar against your teeth for an extended period of time.  This increases your chance of getting cavities.  This might surprise you, but raisins can be worse for your teeth than chocolate.  If you like to snack on trail mix containing dried fruit, be sure to brush and floss after you eat.

Dried fruit leaves sugar on your teeth

Limit Citrus Intake

Lemon water or other citrus flavored water is refreshing, but it can lead to an increase in cavities.  Be mindful of your citrus intake and rinse with water after eating acidic fruits, such as oranges, limes, grapefruit and lemons.  The American Dental Association suggests you eat acidic foods as part of a meal instead of by themselves.  This includes tomatoes.

Hard Candy Danger

Hard candy is sticky and sugary.  This is awful for your teeth.  I’m talking about mints with sugar, lollipops and your other favorites in the candy aisle. Breath mints that contain sugar are no different than any other type of candy.  Therefore, select sugar free mints.

Limits Sweets

Limit sweets in general.  What’s good for your body is also good for your teeth.  As you’ve heard before, everything in moderation.  As always, brush and floss to keep those teeth happy and healthy.

Checkups are Important

Regular visits to the dentist keep you aware of how your teeth are doing.  I recommend checkups twice a year.  This professional examination can identify problem areas and help form a checklist to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums.  We are accepting new patients.  You can call us to schedule at 864-520-2942 or click here to request an appointment.

Taking care of your teeth

Dental checkup

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Help End Oral Cancer

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

This is the month to help end oral cancer.  We encourage you to get screened.  Our family dental team is offering free screenings all month and throughout the year, by appointment.  You don’t have to be a patient to get checked, just contact our office.

Risk Factors

While smoking and and tobacco use are major risk factors for oral cancer, the fastest growing group of patients might surprise you.  They’re young, healthy and non-smokers.  This is due to the connection to the HPV virus.  About 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2019.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Any sore or ulcer that hasn’t healed in two weeks
  • A red, black or white discoloration in the soft tissues of the mouth
  • Any abnormality that bleeds easily when touched
  • A lump or hard spot in the tissue, usually border of the tongue
  • A growth
  • A sore under a denture that does not heal
  • A lump or thickening in the mouth
  • You notice a painless, firm, fixed lump on the outside of the neck for at least two weeks

Help End Oral Cancer

I encourage you to get screened because it’s a key step in early detection.  To prevent oral cancer, avoid tobacco and alcohol, and talk to your doctor about the HPV vaccine.  Men are twice as likely to get oral cancer than women. Smokers and excessive alcohol drinkers older than 50 are the most at-risk.  All it takes is three to seven minutes to get screened.  Everyone over the age of 18 should get checked annually, according to The Oral Cancer Foundation.

Free Screenings

As a cancer survivor, and a health care professional, I understand the importance of early detection and treatment.  To help better understand the screening process, I created a short video that demonstrates how it works, click here.  The process is painless and quick, and it doesn’t cost a thing.  I’m available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call my office.  You can schedule an appointment by dialing 864-520-2942 or you can book online.

 

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Children’s Dental Health Month

Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental health Month, so it’s a good time to talk about building healthy habits from an early age.

Teaching kids to properly care for their teeth will help them develop healthy habits from the start, and not struggle to brush and floss regularly, like most adults.

Tooth Decay

Dental disease is preventable, and prevention is always better than treatment.

Children’s Dental Health Month is a time to raise awareness that cavities can be prevented, and healthy habits begin at home with parents and caregivers.

Tooth decay, which we also call cavities, is the most common chronic disease in children.  Kids get cavities because they’re not brushing properlyTheir diets may also contain too much sugar.

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What Parents Should Know

Parents should be actively involved in brushing their children’s teeth up through the age of eight years old.  This means parents should be in the room with their kids, thoroughly brushing their children’s teeth for two minutes, twice a day.  Start the flossing habit each night before bedtime too, as soon as your kids have two teeth that touch.

It’s good to get young children involved in brushing their teeth, but children below the age of eight are generally not able to properly brush and care for their teeth by themselves.

Family Dentistry

Our practice is focused on family dentistry.  You can book a checkup and a cleaning on our website or by calling 864-520-2942.  We work with your schedule to provide morning, evening, weekend and emergency appointments, and all major insurance is accepted.  We created a video to show you what a checkup with x-rays will look like, click here.

Important Recommendations

South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) encourages parents to implement mouth care routines beginning as early as infancy, before a child’s first tooth even appears. Here’s what DHEC recommends for parents:

  • Begin oral care during infancy by wiping a baby’s gums and mouth with a soft cloth
  • Brush a child’s teeth with fluoridated toothpaste twice a day for two minutes. Children under the age of three should use a smear of toothpaste, and children over three should use a pea-sized amount.
  • Take their children for regular dentist visits beginning at the age of one.
  • Talk to a pediatrician, family doctor, nurse or dentist about putting fluoride varnish on children’s teeth as soon as they get their first tooth.
  • Limit a child’s consumption of sugary snacks and drinks.
  • Ask their child’s dentist about dental sealants that protect teeth from decay.
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