Nutrition for your teeth: Three foods to enhance your dental health

We tell all our patients to brush, floss and have regular dental checkups and cleanings. But did you know that nutrition plays a large role in your dental health as well? Beyond cutting back on sweets and sodas, some foods actually help your teeth stay strong and healthy. Here are just a few that might surprise you:

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Tea. Those tiny little tea leaves can be quite powerful. They contain compounds that interact with plaque and either destroy or suppress bacteria, stopping them from growing or producing tooth-attacking acid. Tea leaves also readily absorb fluoride from soil. As a result, some tea drinks contain fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth. One caveat here – remember to brush your teeth after drinking dark tea so it doesn’t stain your teeth.

Cheese. If you’re watching your weight you might want the low-fat variety but cheese is filled with tooth-friendly calcium and vitamin D. According to a study published by the Academy of General Dentistry, eating cheese and other dairy products may help protect teeth against cavities.
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Seafood. Many of those lovely creatures from the sea contain phosphorous, a vital component to building strength in your teeth and jaw. There is more phosphorous in seafood than in veggies – tuna for example may have 20 percent or more of your phosphorous needs in one 3 ounce serving!

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Try these tasty ways to improve your dental health – and let us know if you have any questions about how your nutrition can help or hinder your beautiful smile.

Don’t hesitate to call us or visit our website – we welcome your questions and feedback!

All the best,

Dr. Jim

*Sources: American Academy of General Dentistry, British Nutrition Foundation’s Nutrition Bulletin and the American Dental Association

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5 Advantages to Invisalign® Aligner System

Straightening teeth doesn’t need to involve unsightly metal or uncomfortable brackets. For many people, Invisalign® is the clear option when it comes to a more cosmetic orthodontic treatment. Comfortable, convenient and aesthetically pleasing, Invisalign® has become one of the most popular orthodontic treatments available on the market today.

Invisalign® is an alternative teeth-straightening system to traditional metal braces. This system uses clear plastic trays customized to gradually alter the alignment of a person’s teeth. It can effectively treat many of the dental problems that traditional braces address and do so in less time.

Invisalign® orthodontic system corrects:

Overbites

Underbites

Gaps between teeth

Crooked teeth

Crowded teeth

Open bites

The benefits of the Invisalign® clear aligner system are wide-ranging and long-lasting

The top five advantages include:

Comfort – Invisalign is made of clear plastic trays customized to precisely and closely fit the patient’s teeth. The trays are less bulky than traditional brackets and wires, which means speech is rarely affected. The material is much kinder to the tissue inside of the mouth than traditional metal braces too, with no chance of tearing, cutting or aggravating the gums or soft tissue. The gradual alignment is much less painful than that of traditional braces, and patients can still eat and drink comfortably.

Aesthetics – One of the strongest arguments for using Invisalign is its appearance – the clear plastic trays are almost undetectable by others. For teenagers and adults, Invisalign offers a teeth-straightening solution without the unsightly metal of traditional appliances, but yields the same results. Socially, personally and professionally, Invisalign removes the stigma of wearing visible traditional wire braces and allows patients to smile and interact without inhibition.

Convenience – Because the Invisalign trays are designed from the outset of treatment, Invisalign does not require lengthy trips to the dentist for fittings or adjustments. Instead, Invisalign users wear their clear plastic aligners for approximately two weeks before swapping them for a new set. And, the entire treatment process can take much less time, too. Whereas traditional braces may require years of treatment, Invisalign treatment is usually completed within 12-18 months.

No Diet Limitations – Invisalign trays are removable! Patients should wear their Invisalign trays for 22 hours per day in order for treatment to be most effective, however trays can be removed for cleaning, eating, drinking and other activities. This provides patients with the freedom to eat and drink as normal, without limitations or discomfort.

Easy Maintenance – Maintaining good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment is essential for the health of your teeth and gums. Because the clear plastic aligners are removable, Invisalign makes cleaning easy. Patients can brush and floss their teeth as usual, clean their trays, and pop them back in their mouth. It’s that simple!

If you would like more information about Invisalign® or would like to schedule an appointment to discuss of clear brace alternative is right for you, contact our Fort Myers dental office.