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Woods Family Dentistry September 2017 Newsletter
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Great Snacks for Healthy Gums
Having healthy gums takes work. It doesn't just miraculously happen simply because you want it to. The way you take care of your mouth and what you eat have a significant impact on just how healthy, or unhealthy, your gums really are. If you are carefully maintaining your gum health with thorough brushing and flossing, then it is important you eat the right foods to make sure you are doing everything possible to keep your gums really healthy.

Snack Items to Regularly Consume for Healthy Gums

Produce should be your go-to snack if you want to have healthy gums. While it may not always taste as good as the sweet or starchy snacks and treats, it is far better for your body. Fruits are a great alternative if you are looking for a sweet snack, especially if you buy fruits that are in season. Also, don't forget about adding more vegetables into your diet since eating raw leafy greens and celery will help your gums stay healthy.

Ideally, you want to eat your produce with the skin on since the skin contains fiber that is beneficial to your overall health. This skin is what pushes on your gums, stimulating them to hold tight to your teeth. Plus, it scrubs off the tartar on your teeth with each bite you take.

Planning out your snacks ahead of time can help you get the healthiest mouth possible. Taking care of your gums and teeth can also help you keep your body healthier overall. To learn more about taking care of your gums, ask us at your next appointment!

Oral Piercings Are Not Good for Your Teeth
Oral piercings give you the opportunity to express yourself in a unique way. However, they also have the opportunity to cause damage to your teeth. The more your oral piercing moves around in your mouth, the more chances there are for the piercing to hit your teeth. This can just tap your tooth and only cause a little moment of pain, or it can become a much bigger problem.

Oral piercings often cause cracks and chips to teeth when they come in contact. It may be difficult to tell if any damage was done to the teeth until the pain starts, especially if your piercing is on your tongue. This puts the damage to your teeth on the inside of your teeth, making it hard for you to see it. While some people may not experience tooth damage, it is important to know the potential risks if you are considering an oral piercing or currently have one.

Why Toothpicks Need to Stay Out of Your Mouth
After eating out at a restaurant, do you find yourself grabbing a toothpick to chew on? If so, then this is a habit you need to break. Did you know that toothpicks send about 9,000 people to the ER annually? Chewing on a toothpick could result in damage to your gums or teeth due to the sharp points, or it could hurt your mouth if the toothpick breaks.

Instead of chewing on a toothpick, floss your teeth if something gets stuck. If you need something to chew on after a meal, consider a Xylitol-based gum instead. Both of these are better options than having a toothpick in your mouth!

Dr. Woods and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the "submit question" link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.



Woods Family Dentistry | www.woodsfamilydentistry.com | (541) 926-8611
1044 29th Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321



 

 

 
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