What your dental team is saying about eating more frequently

cut-vegetablesIf you are taking the approach to eating smaller more frequent meals daily, be aware the potential effects the increased consumption of food and beverages may have on your teeth.

While smaller more frequent meals are good for sustaining your energy throughout the day, it is important to realize your teeth may also be exposed to more acid attacks from both your oral bacterial metabolites and the pH fluctuations most food and beverages cause when consumed. Here is some advise we offer our patients who aren’t able to brush and floss after every snack or meal:

  • Always sip on water throughout the day.
  • Sometimes use a straw. Drink your carbonated beverages and sugary drinks through a straw to minimize enamel exposure.
  • Never swish, swirl or hold acidic drinks in your mouth.
  • Consider pairing your high acidic foods and drinks with lower acidic options.

Lower Acidic options: Milk, Cheese, Natural Yogurt, Yogurt Drink Orange, Probiotic Yogurt, Avocados, Broccoli, Cucumber, Black Olives, Peanut Butter, Bananas, Bread Rye, Wheat and White,  Barley,  Mineral Water

Higher Acidic options: Lemon Juice, Wine, Sports Drinks, Tonic Water, Cherries, Carbonated Soft Drinks, including Diet Soda, Oranges, Plums, Iced Tea, Blackberries, Blueberries and Strawberries, Grapefruit Juice, Pickles, Vinegar, Apple Sauce, Apple Juice and Apple Cider, Cranberries, Orange Juice, White Wine, Tomatoes

At Smile Envy, located in Grove City, OH, we are making sure you and your child’s dental needs are being cared for properly. When you visit we discuss the frequency of consumption of sugary foods and drinks while offering advice based on your needs . As a general dental office, we are experienced in caring for mouths of all ages. Healthy  habits take practice and as your dental team, located just 10 minutes from downtown Columbus, OH, we are dedicated to helping you and your little one’s take charge and prepare for a smile that will be healthy and strong for life!

Contact us today 614.801.0079 to experience friendly service, excellent results, and a beautiful smile.

-Your friends at Smile Envy, the Columbus dentistry experts

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Flossing: A Good Habit

gopherFor some of us who have recently experienced the chilliest winter ever, even the smallest signs of Spring are huge for warming the heart. If the chill of winter froze your New Year’s plans to improve personal wellness, we offer the friendly reminder: Good habits take lots of practice.

At Smile Envy, a Grove City dentist office, most patients are advised to brush 2 times a day with fluoridated toothpaste and to floss daily. If you are like most, flossing is something you are still trying to work-in to your regular routine. And like most, time is often the one thing we need but just don’t have. Because flossing is really that important, here are some tips.

  • Do it when you think about it: This means keeping your little spool of floss you got from your dental visit in your car, purse or at your desk. Better still, keep floss in visible places to serve as a reminder of your commitment to yourself.
  • Keep it everywhere:  Buy floss in bulk. Or better yet, ask your dentist office if you can purchase for yourself the same large spool of amazing floss they use.  And then keep your refillable dispenser some place you will see it, like next to the TV remote.
  • Take Floss Breaks: People take coffee breaks, restroom breaks, smoke breaks so why not a floss break? The focus on your personal well-being can help improve many aspects of your life including reducing the bacterial load between teeth stimulating healthier gums.
  • Start a Floss Club: Take your floss breaks with friends! Encourage one another to do something good for themselves. Be a positive influence to your friends and peers while helping yourself. And they can lend you floss if you happen to run out.

If you have limited dexterity or just have a hard time with floss, there are lots of available products to fit your needs. In addition to asking helpers at the drug store, ask your dental team what products they may recommend to help you get to your hard to reach areas.

Healthy  habits take practice and as your dental team, located just 10 minutes from downtown Columbus, OH, we are dedicated to helping you and your family take charge and prepare for a smile that will be healthy and strong for life!

Contact us today 614.801.0079 to experience friendly service, excellent results, and a beautiful smile.

-Your friends at Smile Envy, the Columbus dentistry experts

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