Healthy Diet for Teeth

While you will always need to brush, floss, and regularly visit our Phoenix dentist in order to ensure healthy teeth, a well-balanced diet can be extremely beneficial in ensuring your teeth are strong and vibrant. Perhaps the most important nutrient to your teeth is calcium. Milk, cheese, and yogurt are all great sources of calcium, and they all assist in keeping your teeth and bones strong even after you have reached adulthood.

Vitamin D, which can also be found in dairy products, helps you bones absorb calcium. Vitamin D can be found in most milks and orange juices, and your body produces Vitamin D naturally when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin C has a wealth of health benefits including keeping your gums nice and healthy. If you find that your gums bleed after brushing, it may be a sign that you need more Vitamin C in your diet.

In addition to eating a variety of mineral-enriched foods, our dentist recommends staying away from foods that can harm your teeth like foods that contain glucose, sucrose, and corn syrup. These all feed the bacteria in your mouth and can lead to the development of plaque and tartar. So maintain a healthy diet, and your whole body will thank you for it.

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Can Dental Veneers Help Me?

Our cosmetic dentist in Phoenix recommends that anyone who suffers from chipped, cracked, or gapped teeth should consider dental veneers. Veneers are a popular option for replacing teeth due to their relative ease and natural appearance. They can make your smile look whiter, healthier, and free from any imperfections.

Veneers can be made from porcelain or resin composite materials, but porcelain is the most popular form due to the fact that reflects light like natural teeth which gives your smile a translucent glow. However, porcelain veneers require removal of part of the enamel, and then they are bonded directly to the tooth. Resin veneers are smaller, and they generally require less removal of the actual tooth.

Placement of veneers typically requires two visits to our expert in porcelain veneers in Phoenix where he or she will first check the veneers for color and fit, and at the second appointment, the veneers will actually be bonded to the teeth. And maintenance is as simple as brushing and flossing twice a day. If you think you could benefit from dental veneers, contact our dentist today.

How Oral Hygiene Relates to Your Overall Health

Brushing, flossing, and visiting our dentist in Phoenix every six months are essential parts of maintaining good oral health. But these actions can also improve your overall well-being. If you do not brush and floss, plaque can develop in your mouth, and this can eventually lead to gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to a host of other health problems, so by having a healthy mouth, you can have a healthier body.

People who suffer from gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease. The reasoning behind this is that the bacteria in your mouth enters your blood stream through the infected gums and inflames your blood vessels, which increases the threat of blood clots. Gum disease can also lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s since bacteria can enter the brain through the cranial nerves attached to the jaw. Women who are trying to get pregnant will want to avoid gum disease since it can make it harder to conceive, and when a woman with gum disease does finally conceive, she is more likely to miscarry.

If you are worried you are at risk of developing gum disease, contact our dentist to schedule an appointment.