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To prevent cavities and maintain good oral health, your diet -- what you eat and how often you eat -- are important factors. Changes in your mouth start the minute you eat certain foods. Bacteria in the mouth convert sugars and carbohydrates from the foods you eat to acids, and it's the acids that begin to attack the enamel on teeth, starting the decay process. The more often you eat and snack, the more frequently you are exposing your teeth to the cycle of decay. The best food choices for the health of your mouth include cheeses, chicken or other meats, nuts, and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to re-mineralize teeth (a natural process by which minerals are re-deposited in tooth enamel after being removed by acids). For those people that are lactose intolerant and cannot ingest milk products, green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach are high in calcium. Other food choices include firm/crunchy fruits (for example, apples and pears) and vegetables. These foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva (which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid). Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and lemons, should be eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize the acid from them. Poor food choices include candy -- such as lollipops, hard candies, and mints -- cookies, cakes, pies, breads, muffins, potato chips, pretzels, french fries, bananas, raisins, and other dried fruits. These foods contain large amounts of sugar and/or can stick to teeth, providing a fuel source for bacteria. In addition, cough drops should be used only when necessary as they, like sugary candy, contribute to tooth decay. The best beverage choices include water (especially fluoridated water), milk, and unsweetened tea. Limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade, and coffee or tea with added sugar. Also, avoid day-long sipping of sugar-containing drinks -- day-long sipping exposes your teeth to constant sugar and, in turn, constant decay-causing acids.
Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural. Composites cost more than amalgam and occasionally are not covered by some insurance plans. Also, no dental filling lasts forever. Some studies show that composite fillings can be less durable and need to be replaced more often than amalgam fillings. It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than it does for a metal filling. That’s because composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled. Tooth-colored fillings are now used more often than amalgam or gold fillings, probably due to cosmetics. In a society focused on a white, bright smile, people tend to want fillings that blend with the natural color of their teeth. Ultimately, the best dental filling is no dental filling. Prevention is the best medicine. You can dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by: • brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste • flossing daily • eating a balanced diet • visiting the dentist regularly.
You are not healthy without good oral health. Your mouth is a window into the health of the body. Many dental problems are hidden and when left untreated can contribute to serious health problems.Good oral hygiene, combined with routine professional care is the best way to prevent most dental problems. Dr. Snehal Upadhyay B. D. S. & M. D. S. (Prosthodontist and Implantologist) Dr. Snehal is serving patients since almost 10 years. With more than 300 satisfied denture wearers by employing advanced methods and keenly studying individual needs, he has become successful in meeting anticipation of patients.
How to Brush Teeth By now, brushing your teeth is second nature. And that's a good thing because one of the best ways to avoid a host of dental diseases and complications is to brush your teeth at least twice a day. But for tooth brushing to be truly effective, you have to know how to brush properly. Tooth Brushing Made Easy For truly clean teeth, dentists recommend that you brush for at least two minutes -- not 15 or 30 seconds -- two whole minutes. An easy way to make sure you're brushing long enough is to buy an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer. Tips on how to brush properly: - Use short, back-and-forth and up-and-down strokes. - Pay special attention to your gum line, back teeth and areas around any tooth filling or restoration you might have. - Clean the inner and outer surfaces of your upper teeth first, and then clean your lower teeth. - Brush or scrape your tongue to help prevent bad breath. Don't forget to floss! Brushing and flossing is like peanut butter and jelly -- when you think of one you can't help but think of the other. Electric Toothbrush or Manual Toothbrush? While there is evidence that certain electric toothbrushes may be more effective in the removal of dental plaque and dental tartar, some dentists will tell you that the difference is nominal. However, both children and adults have said that electric toothbrushes make it more fun to brush and that they brush more often, and longer, as a result. According to Us, choosing a toothbrush should also include these best practices: Be selective about size, shape and bristles . Soft bristles are a must. The size and shape of your toothbrush should allow for easy access to each tooth. Replace your toothbrush often. Brushing your teeth with an old toothbrush is like washing with a dirty rag -- it's neither effective nor hygienic. Be sure to buy a new toothbrush every 3-4 months for optimum results. How Much Does Toothpaste Matter? There are many brands of toothpaste that claim to whiten teeth, remove dental plaque or improve your breath. But none of these results can be achieved if you only brush for 30 seconds. On the other hand, any toothpaste should work if you're brushing the way you should. Just keep in mind that it's not necessarily the type of toothpaste that can prevent cavities, dental tartar, bad breath and tooth discoloration; it's the user wielding the toothbrush. Don’t Disregard Dental Visits Brushing your teeth is an essential part of your daily regimen, but remember that regular dental visits are crucial to the overall health of your teeth. By visiting your dentist twice a year for checkups and dental cleanings, and learning how to brush and floss properly, you're bound to enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for a lifetime! If you don't have a dentist and it's time for a dental checkup and cleaning, give us a call. We can help you find a great dentist in your area. For more info visit us at
Aesthetic Dentistry “You’re not healthy without good oral health.” Your mouth is a window into the health of the body. Upadhyay Dental Clinic is a Renowned Name for Aesthetic Dentistry based at samta, Vadodara, Gujarat. Upadhyay Dental Clinic is a Renowned Name for Aesthetic Dentistry based at Vadodara, Gujarat, India.