Great Nutrition, Great Oral Health | Hoboken Dentist

teeth-whitening (2)Having a proper dental routine is definitely going to help keep your smile bright and pretty, but is there anything else you can do to perpetuate that grin down to your little ones? You can.

I’m talking about your diet. And I don’t just mean your personal diet. Your entire family should be aware of the good things that happen from eating well. Sure, we all know that eating well is good for us, but did you know that putting more of these foods into your diet can work wonders on not only your health, but also on your teeth? You heard it right…there are some foods that also excellent for your smile. So, you ready to get your shopping list ready? Let’s go!

We’re going to start with the obvious…milk. Milk is extremely good for your teeth because of a little chemical called calcium. Calcium is one of the main elements that make up your teeth so of course drinking plenty of the stuff is quite necessary. Not only does drinking a glass make your teeth stronger but milk actually helps neutralize the plaque bacteria in your mouth too. But don’t think any kind of milk will do. Unfortunately for the little ones, cereal milk becomes sugar milk once it hits the bowl. Not the same as drinking a glass. Sorry kids, cereal milk is not good for you; it’s just delicious. But honestly, all dairy foods are great for you in moderation. It’s the calcium that is doing the work.

The next in line would have to be fruits and vegetables. Yes, this one is even tougher to convince little ones to get into. We all know eating these types of food are great for our overall health, but they are also great for keeping your teeth strong, even whiter between whitening appointments! A great way to talk your little ones into it? Tell them to think of celery and broccoli and natures toothbrush and floss. Lots of crunchy fruits are great for your health, not only because of all those vitamins, but because these crunchy foods are also producing saliva and saliva is our mouth’s first line of defense against cavity-causing bacteria so munch away. Just keep in mind that these sweet treats are still sugary so try not to overindulge in these thinking you are helping your smile. They are good for you in moderation.

Finally, if you have a family of meat-eaters, you will be pleased to know that similar to the crunchy foods mentioned in the prior paragraph, this protein-packed food also produces saliva because of all the chewing. The more you and your family are keeping your teeth clean and healthy, your overall health will reflect this. And twice a year, take the family to visit the dentist to make sure you are doing everything you can to keep your smiles bright and healthy.

For more information on proper daily dental care, contact Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Learn more about their practice by visiting www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

Accepting patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.

How to Properly Care for Your Teeth | Hoboken Dentist

78652984Did you know that even if you clean your teeth, you may not be cleaning it well? Brushing your teeth is only as good as how well you manage to actually clean them.

According to the American Dental Association, an individual should be brushing their teeth two times a day for at least two minutes. Two minutes is just barely the appropriate amount of time to sufficiently remove dirt from the front and back ends of the teeth.

After you have brushed your teeth for at least two minutes, use dental floss to get in between and hard to reach areas. Floss removes any extra food particles left in between teeth. If left untouched, those particles may turn into plaque, resulting in a higher risk for gum disease.

Flossing is merely the act of wrapping a piece of string around your teeth, one by one, in order to remove any bacteria and excess material stuck between each tooth. In its conception, floss was made from strands of silk, but now it comes from thin filament cord. There are varying thicknesses and varieties to choose from, depending on preference. Some are waxed, some are electric or water-based. There are also handy tools available on the market that help facilitate you in flossing properly, whether you need help reaching all of your teeth or working your way around complicated dental work, like braces. So no matter your reason for avoiding the floss, it isn’t a good one.

Even the process itself is relatively simple. Cut yourself a piece of floss about 18 inches long. Wrap both sides around your fingers until you have a good two inches separating either side. Pull it taut between your thumb and index finger and guide the floss in between each tooth. With a downward zigzag motion, slide the floss around each tooth in a curved motion, reminiscent to a shoe shine fella’s rag. What you’re trying to do is gently scrub down all the space between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.

Finally, rinse your mouth with an ADA approved mouth wash to seal the cleanliness in and for a trace of fresh breath!

For more information on proper daily dental care, contact Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Learn more about their practice by visiting www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

Accepting patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.