Family/Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Oral Hygiene

There is more to good oral hygiene than brushing and flossing your teeth.  The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you brush your teeth twice daily with an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste and floss your teeth to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and under your gum line.  What many of us don’t realize is that good oral health practices are as important as what we put in our mouth.

The ADA recognizes the link between good oral health and good nutrition.  With so many of us, and our children, consuming record numbers of sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, and non-nutritious snack foods, tooth decay is on the rise.  When plaque comes into contact with sugar or starch in the mouth, acid is produced, which attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or more. This can eventually result in tooth decay.

.: We recommend following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Guide Pyramid and the five major food groups:

• Breads, Cereals, Other Grain Products
• Fruits
• Vegetables
• Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, Nuts
• Milk, Cheese, Yogurt

By maintaining a healthy diet, drinking more water, and limiting snacks, we improve the overall health of our teeth and gums.  If you have any questions about how your diet may be affecting your teeth and gums, please talk with our staff, we are happy to answer your questions.