Are There Healthy Foods To Make Healthy Teeth?

Top Foods for Teeth and Gums

Want to ensure you always keep your mouth healthy? Then keep this food list in mind. Remember, lots of sugary foods, such as candy and soda, as well as starchy foods like pasta, contribute to tooth decay. You don’t want your oral health to decline, so improve your diet and you are well on your way.

Cheese. A study published in the journal of the American Academy of General Dentistry, found that eating cheese raised the pH in the subjects’ mouths and lowered their risk of tooth decay. Cheese also increases salivation; the chewing action required to digest cheese in the mouth forces more saliva to flow. Besides, there’s so much calcium and protein there, nutrients that strengthen enamel.

Yogurt. High in calcium and protein, just like cheese, yogurt contributes to the strength and health of teeth. Yogurt has probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, which benefit your gums because the good bacteria crowd out the bad bacteria that cause cavities. Do choose the plain variety yogurt and not the one with added sugar.

Apples. The fruit may be sweet, but they’re also high in fiber and water. Apples have a fibrous texture that stimulates the gums by brushing against them, though not exactly like using a toothbrush. Munching on apples also makes you salivate more, creating an environment that rinses away bacteria

Carrots. Carrots are just like apples – crunchy and full of fiber. Again, eating carrots produces more saliva flow, hydrating the mouth, reduces your risk of cavities. Besides, carrots are a great source of vitamin A. You can either eat them raw and whole or add them to salads.

Celery. They are also like apples and carrots – crunchy and more fibrous. They are just like a toothbrush, scraping food particles and bacteria away from your teeth. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and C, two antioxidants that are good for gum health. If you find celery too bland, try topping it with cream cheese.

Leafy greens. Full of vitamins and minerals, low in calories. Leafy greens promote oral health. They’re high in calcium, which builds your teeth’s enamel. They also contain folic acid, a B vitamin good for gum disease in pregnant women.

Almonds. They are great for the teeth. high in calcium and protein, low in sugar.

Maintaining a Healthy Mouth in Seattle

Know more about healthy foods to prevent and maintain health teeth and gums. Ask our Seattle dentist, Dr. Jaime Lee, during your appointment.

Nightguards While You Sleep

What is a Nightguard?

A nightguard is a mouth protector worn by those who can’t help grinding or clenching their teeth while asleep at night. The condition is called bruxism, a forceful and consistent clenching or grinding of the biting surfaces of upper and lower teeth that, over time, can lead to tooth wear, tooth crack, hypersensitive teeth, misalignment, damaged restorations, and even tooth loss.

Teeth grinding can cause those noises that tend to awake partners, while both grinding and clenching (which may be inaudible) involve the forces that cause headaches, muscle tenderness, and temporomandibular joint pain.

The cause is largely unknown and thought to be multi-factoral. This condition can be potentially serious to warrant a nightguard that provides protection especially during the early stages. Nightguards are of acrylic, either hard or soft, and usually worn over the lower teeth only, though both sets can have each a guard if warranted. It may be a partial guard or one for the whole arch.

Ask our Seattle Dentist about Nightguards

Your Seattle dentist says the goal for wearing nightguards is to protect your dentition from the forces applied to them, though will not treat bruxism itself. The condition is still subject to research and treatment options need further evaluation to determine long-term efficacy.

However, nightguards are still widely used to also protect the joints and ease muscle strain, constrain the pattern of damage, distribute the forces, stabilize teeth and prevent changing of positions, and to also evaluate the extent of the condition.

Find out if you have this condition you might not even know about. Keep your next dental visit in mind.

Link Found: Obesity, Gender and Periodontal Health

Being Male or Female Matters

The relationship between periodontal health and obesity has since been studied and analyzed yet one parameter has been left out which until now was discovered to have a vital role in the equation. And that’s a person’s biological sex. Apparently, being male or female matters in the link.

A recently published five-year study of individuals has rectified this oversight and has discovered that obese females are far more likely to suffer from the progression of periodontal attachment loss (PAL) than obese males. This study was conducted in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

582 individuals were enrolled in the study, interviewed and clinically examined five years prior and met their inclusion criteria. They were weighed and their Body Mass Index calculated according to the World Health Organization’s criteria. It was found that 19% are obese.

It was discovered that those who were more likely to experience the progression of periodontal disease are the obese ones, than those of normal weight. It was also the obese females that had a 64% increased risk for PAL progression. No such risk was observed with the obese males.

If periodontitis affects more than 50% of the world’s adult population and if the prevalence of obesity and being overweight is at approximated at 60%, the link is quite clear. Yet this is a study that, for the first time, it investigates the possibility that sex may modify this relationship.

This study, titled “Effect of obesity on periodontal attachment loss progression: a five-year population-based prospective study”, was published online in March 2017 in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology Digest.

Looking Out for Patients at Higher Risk

These study results may well serve us at Smile Art in Seattle in good stead. We have had our fair share of high risk patients for periodontal disease and see to it that both genders receive proper care and treatment. Knowing that females may be at higher risk for PAL, we offer heighten awareness and closer monitoring.