Your Diet And Your Teeth—The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Your Diet And Your Teeth—The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

There is a strong connection between your diet and your dental health. Keep reading to learn more about the effect certain foods and beverages have on your teeth.

The Good
There are plenty of foods and beverages that help keep your teeth healthy. Foods that contain calcium are an important part of your diet because calcium is a building block of your teeth. You can find calcium in dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt, but you can also get plenty of calcium from leafy greens like kale and spinach. It is important to make sure that you are also getting enough vitamin D because it helps your body use the calcium. Many dairy products and other foods are fortified with vitamin D. You also get vitamin D when you spend time in the sun—just be sure to wear sunscreen.

Vitamin C is also an important nutrient that keeps your teeth and gums healthy. You can get it from bell peppers, broccoli, oranges, and many other fruits and vegetables.

Drinking water is also good for your teeth because it helps rinse out your mouth and it helps you avoid other beverages that are less healthy.

The Bad
Sugary foods and beverages are some of the worst things you can consume if you want to take care of your teeth. Avoid soda, energy drinks, hard candy, and other things that can coat your teeth in a sugary substance.

It is also important to avoid things that easily stick in your teeth like caramel, dried fruit, and popcorn. If you do eat these things, rinse out your mouth and floss immediately.

The Ugly
Coffee, tea, and red wine can all stain your enamel and leave your teeth looking discolored. These beverages are also acidic, which can be harmful to your teeth and gums. If you choose to drink these beverages, sip through a straw to avoid contact with your teeth or rinse your mouth out with water quickly after drinking.

To learn more about protecting your teeth, schedule an appointment at Centennial Dental Center.

3 Steps For Whiter Teeth

3 Steps For Whiter Teeth

Don’t let discolored teeth stop you from showing off your smile. Find out how to get whiter teeth below:

  • Start With Impeccable Oral Hygiene
    Good oral hygiene is the first step in getting a whiter smile.


    • Brush your teeth after each meal – Use fluoride toothpaste, brush for at least two minutes, and don’t forget about your tongue.
    • Floss at least once a day – This is just as important as brushing your teeth. If you need help remembering to floss, set a reminder on your phone or place a post-it note on your bathroom mirror. It may also help if you floss your teeth before you brush them. Many people are bothered by the way their teeth feel if they haven’t brushed, so putting flossing first will motivate you to floss and brush your teeth every day.
    • Rinse your mouth out with mouthwash – Rinsing with mouthwash can help wash away food particles and kill bacteria.
      To make oral hygiene easier, keep backup supplies in your purse, gym locker, or glove box. Good oral hygiene won’t whiten your teeth completely, but it is the first step.
  • Prevent Stains
    Preventing stains is also an important part of getting whiter teeth. Smoking, drinking red wine, and drinking coffee can also stain your teeth. Eating too much sugar and drinking sugary acidic beverages can also weaken your enamel and make it easier for your teeth to become stained.
    For whiter teeth, stop smoking, avoid sugary foods and beverages, drink less wine, and sip your coffee through a straw.
  • Schedule A Professional Whitening Appointment
    As you age, your teeth will likely become yellower even if you keep up great oral hygiene habits and eat a healthy diet. A professional teeth whitening can remove stains and give you a whiter, brighter smile.

At Centennial Dental Center, the dentist will start by cleaning your teeth. Then a special whitening gel will be applied to your teeth for set periods of time. This gel removes stains on the surface, but it also bleaches your teeth below the surface, so you get a noticeably whiter smile that will last.

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Take A Closer Look At Your Teeth

Take A Closer Look At Your Teeth

Most adults have 32 teeth (wisdom teeth included). How much do you know about your teeth and how they work? As it turns out, you have four different types of teeth that all have different jobs. Keep reading to learn more.

The Incisors
These are the 8 teeth in the front of your mouth. They are different sizes, but they all have the same job—the incisors are primarily used for biting. You should have four incisors on the top row of your mouth and for on the bottom row. These teeth are thinner than the rest of your teeth in your mouth.

The Canines
You have four canines in total. They are on the sides of your incisors and are used for tearing and gripping food. These teeth are sharper and pointier than the rest of your teeth.

The Pre-Molars
These teeth are larger and flatter than the incisors and canines. They are used for crushing food. Most adults have 8 pre-molars.

The Molars
Most adults have 12 molars including the wisdom teeth. Often there isn’t enough room in your mouth for wisdom teeth so they need to be removed. Wisdom teeth also are sometimes removed because they come in at the wrong angle. Whether you have all your molars, or you’ve had your wisdom teeth removed, the molars you have left are used for chewing and grinding food. These teeth are the largest teeth in your mouth and further toward the back.

As you can see, each type of tooth plays an important role. While it is generally pretty easy to keep the teeth near the front of your mouth clean, it can be very difficult to clean the pre-molars and especially the molars. This is one reason it is important to schedule regular cleanings at the dentist.

At Centennial Dental Center, dental hygienists will use special tools to reach every section of your mouth to make sure every single tooth gets cleaned. If the dental hygienists find problems while cleaning your mouth, they have special tools that can remove infection and rough areas of the tooth. In some cases, they’ll also use a special medication along the gum lines.

Contact Centennial Dental Center to schedule a cleaning and checkup soon.

4 Habits That Protect Your Smile

4 Habits That Protect Your Smile

A bright, healthy smile improves your appearance and builds your confidence. The following habits will protect your smile to keep it healthy and white:


  • Brush And Floss
    Brushing and flossing your teeth are basics, but they are at the top of the list for a reason. Simple oral hygiene can go a long way toward keeping your teeth healthy and your smile sparkling.

Brush your teeth for at least two minutes after each meal. Use toothpaste with fluoride and hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle while moving it in small circles.

Floss at least once a day—many people skip flossing, but it is just as important as brushing your teeth. To make flossing easier, get a flossing pick that easily fits in your mouth.

  • Avoid Problem Foods And Beverages
    Some foods and beverages wreak havoc on your teeth. If you want your teeth to stay healthy and white, avoid the following:


    • Sugary beverages like soda
    • Sticky and hard candy
    • Red wine and coffee that can stain your teeth
    • Foods that get stuck in your teeth

Instead of eating sugary foods, snack on carrot sticks, apple slices, celery, cucumbers, and other fruits and vegetables that keep your teeth healthy and strong.
Foods and beverages with calcium also protect your teeth and help them stay strong. Dairy products are a classic source of calcium, but if you don’t eat dairy you can get calcium from leafy greens like spinach, seafood, and almonds.

  • Drink Plenty Of Water
    Your body is pretty good at protecting itself—saliva is your body’s natural tool for killing bacteria and protecting your teeth. Drinking plenty of water will help your mouth produce saliva to kill germs and the water will help you rinse out your mouth and keep it clean.
  • Visit Your Dentist
    Even those with perfect oral hygiene and healthy diets can still get cavities. Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Your dentist has tools that can clean more thoroughly than you ever can at home.

To learn more about protecting your teeth, visit Centennial Dental Center.

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