Are All Carbs Created Equal?

Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In Cincinnati

Hello, I am Dr. Eleanor Endres of Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati. Today, we are focusing on diet and oral health.

I’m sure you brush and floss regularly and hopefully visit your dental practice for needed cleanings, but did you know that making small but essential changes to your diet can improve your oral health?

Most men and women are aware that the sugar found in candy, cookies, juices and sodas can harm your teeth, but some people don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. A handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.

All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry, I continue to see tooth damage caused by sodas and sports drinks. If you choose to drink them, sip them through a straw. By limiting the contact of these drinks on your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.

Another important way people can improve their oral health is to get 800mg of calcium a day for men and 1,000mg for women under 50. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.

Diet alone will not prevent cavities and dangerous gum disease for dental patients, however, wise eating encourages healthy teeth and gums.

My staff and I at Endres Gateway Dentistry are accepting new general and cosmetic dental patients. I encourage you to call 513-791-8880 today to schedule a family dentistry exam and cleaning.

Endres Gateway Dentistry offers a full menu of general and specialty dental services including cosmetic dentistry and porcelain veneers. For more information, call today to schedule an appointment.

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Why You Should Fix Your Child’s Crooked Teeth

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Cincinnati parents want what’s best for their children, but some can’t always provide everything their children need when the family budget is tight. If your child has crooked teeth and you are on the fence about braces, we encourage you to read this post.

1. A beautiful smile with straight teeth boosts your child’s self-esteem.

Young children with crooked teeth may not notice that anything is wrong, but eventually they will realize that their teeth don’t look right. Straight teeth make the whole face more pleasing and attractive. If your child is self-conscious about an unappealing smile, he or she will be reluctant to smile. A serious demeanor could influence the way he or she is treated by peers.

2. Crooked teeth can affect the bite.

If you suspect that your child’s bite is not aligned, we invite you to make an appointment with Endres Gateway Dentistry. Dr. Eleanor Endres can evaluate your child’s bite and make recommendations to see a specialist if needed.

3. Crooked teeth can influence normal speech development.

4. Correcting a child’s teeth with orthodontia is speedier and easier when the jaw is young and flexible.

5. Crooked teeth can reduce your child’s power to eat a healthy diet.

Misaligned teeth can make chewing and eating difficult. Children need a variety of foods but may miss out on vital nutrients if they can’t chew raw vegetables or meat, for example. If your child only eats soft foods, his/her jaw may not develop normal size and strength.

6. Misaligned teeth can damage the gums and underlying bone.

7. If crooked teeth cause malocclusion (bad bite), problems with TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) can result.

TMD is a harmful condition affecting the jaw joint.

8. It’s easier to clean teeth when they are straight and uncrowded.

When uneven teeth begin to crowd together, it becomes problematic to make vital daily cleanings effective. And, when your teeth aren’t cleaned properly, issues with plaque build-up, cavities, and gum disease typically result.

9. If the child’s crooked teeth are not corrected while they are young, the troubles may compound and become worse with age.

Severely crooked teeth commonly impact strength and quality of life. For example, chewing issues can lead to ulcers, and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.

10. There are many new types of braces.

Ceramic, self-ligating, and lingual (invisible) braces are some of the new orthodontia options. In some circumstances, invisible braces can be just as effective at straightening teeth as the conventional type.

To find out if your child needs braces, schedule a consultation at Endres Gateway Dentistry by calling 513-791-8880.

 

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd, Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242