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Which Vegetables Help to Brush Your Teeth between Meals?
Posted on 7/23/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
It is important to brush your teeth twice per day, but many people like to clean their mouths out after meals. If you aren't able to brush, eating certain vegetables can actually help to clean your teeth. These are some of the best veggies for good oral health. Carrots and Celery Carrots and celery have been called nature's toothbrushes. They are highly fibrous, so snacking on these crunchy vegetables can help to clean your teeth until you have a chance to brush and floss. They will scrub the enamel to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria. Another reason that carrot and celery sticks make such a good snack is that they stimulate the production of saliva. Adequate saliva is important for a healthy mouth, as it helps to neutralize acid and rinses away bacteria before it has a chance to cause any damage. Leafy Green Vegetables Leafy greens are some of the best foods for the teeth. Collard greens, chard, and cabbage are loaded with minerals and vitamins that are needed for good oral health, and they can also help to scrub the teeth between brushing sessions. The nutrients found in dark-colored leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach include vitamin A, vitamin C, and magnesium, which can all improve oral health. Broccoli Besides its fibrous nature that can help to scrub the teeth clean, broccoli can benefit the teeth in other ways. It is a good source of calcium and vitamin C, and its high iron content forms a protective coating around the tooth enamel. To get the most dental benefits from broccoli, especially when it comes to scrubbing the teeth clean, consider eating it raw. A good diet is only one step in maintaining a healthy smile. Regular dental visits are also essential, so call us today to set up your next appointment....

What We Do During the Earliest Stages of Gum Disease Treatment
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
Many of our patients wonder what we will need to do in order to treat their gum disease. Gum disease, as you know, is a progressive disease. This means it starts off relatively mild and increases in severity as it progresses. The good news is that it is highly treatable, especially if we catch it in the early stages. If you have early stage gum disease, it is important to come see us right away. We will treat it and help you get back on the road to a healthy mouth. Here are a few things we will do during the treatment. Thorough Cleaning of the Teeth Above and Below the Gumline The first and most important part of dealing with gum disease is to be sure the teeth are clean. Gum disease develops when bacteria and plaque deposits stick to the teeth and cause the gum tissue to pull away. So, to remove them, we will clean your teeth above the gumline as well as below it. Cleaning your teeth below the gumline involves a process known as scaling and planing. We will use a special tool to remove any plaque and bacteria, helping to facilitate a healthy environment for your gum tissue to heal. Close Supervision of Home Care Of course, having great care in the dentist's office is only one aspect of your treatment. You will need to regularly perform proper oral hygiene practices in your home. So, to help with this, we will sit down with you and show you how to properly clean your teeth. In particular, we will show you how to properly floss your teeth so that you are able to reach down below the gum line and help keep things clean. Between your improved technique in your home cleanings as well as what we do in the office, we'll have your gum disease eradicated in no time....

How Antioxidants Can Improve Your Oral Health
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
To answer how antioxidants can improve oral health care, we should first explain what antioxidants are. Without getting too scientific, your body is made up of various types of molecules. Sometimes these molecules become unstable and create stress on your tissues. In the case of your oral health, the tissues affected could be your gums, which could lead to gum disease. These unstable molecules are commonly referred to as free radicals. Antioxidants, on the other hand, are good molecules. They can be natural or man-made but their primary benefit is that they prevent or delay the cell damage that can be caused by free radicals. Simply put they are the free radicals' enemy. The even better news is that many of your favorite foods are rich in antioxidants. How Do I Know Which Foods to Eat? To start with, fruits and vegetables are good sources of antioxidants. As with any other nutrient, some have more antioxidants than others. Rather than having to carry a list around, one way you can determine if a fruit or vegetable is an antioxidant is its color. A general rule is that the more brightly colored vegetables, roots, fruit, and berries are the ones that are highest I antioxidants. This also includes spices that you may cook with. To get you started on your antioxidant quest, here are a few suggestions from a variety of food categories. In the berry arena, you have blueberries, elderberries, cranberries, and blackberries. These are easy to eat, can be made into juices, smoothies or any other way you wish to create. The form of the berry is not important, the berry is. Vegetables such as spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, and artichokes have high antioxidant properties, but for fun, so does dark chocolate. Herbs and spices that are good for your oral health are turmeric, cinnamon, thyme, oregano, cumin, and ginger. Simply add these to the spices you put in your food as you cook. Some, like ginger and thyme, can also be made into teas to drink. ....

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