The reason dentists like potatoes is because they are so “filling.” (ba-dum ching!)
Lame joke, I know. But seriously, the wiser our patients in Wyndham and Bon Air are about what they eat, the easier it will be to care for their dear old teeth.
It doesn’t have to be potatoes, but the mouth does request that we take a good look at what can be damaging and upsetting it.
The Sugar Problem
Sugars get converted by bacteria in the mouth to acids. It is the acids that begin to attack the enamel on the teeth and start the decay process for Wyndham people of all ages. Fruits have high water content, which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain and get the saliva flowing so they aren’t really no-nos. It’s the chocolate bars, hard candies, cookies, cakes, and pies that you really have to watch out for.
Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons, and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to minimize their acidic effects. Bon Air folks are wise to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken and other meats, nuts, and milk. The calcium and phosphorus in these foods will support tooth remineralization.
Timing of Meals
The more often you eat the more often your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be tempered by choosing healthy snacks. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat, the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods, but to skip oral hygiene altogether.
I hope this blog aids in keeping you on the path to a healthy mouth and gives you something to think about if you’re interested in oral health or a smile makeover in Richmond or Midlothian.
We are J. Scott White and Pranee White at White & White. If cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening and the like interest you, call 804-302-5592 to set up a consultation. We can discuss anything from sedation dentistry to gum disease treatment. Our relaxing staff is ready to make you comfortable.
We can schedule patients from Wyndham for Invisalign clear braces or dental crowns right here in our office. And Midlothian customers are always welcome to check into general dentistry. Don’t hesitate to make the call.
J. Scott White and Pranee White
White & White
1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia 23113