Protect Your Teeth During Flu Season

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It’s flu season near Yorktown Heights and Glaser Orthodontics says not to forget to protect your teeth during flu season. Glaser Orthodontics warns that some of the remedies you use to help get over the flu can lead to cavities if you’re not careful. So to avoid cavities this flu season, follow Dr. Glaser’s advice.

Just because cough drops are sold in the medicine aisle near Yorktown Heights doesn’t mean they’re healthy. Glaser Orthodontics says that most cough drops are loaded with sugar. So after soothing your throat with a lozenge, be sure to brush well especially if you have braces. Whether the sugar comes from a cough drop or a hard candy, it reacts with the sticky plaque that coats your teeth. Then bacteria in the plaque convert the sugar into an acid that eats away at tooth enamel. Hello, cavities.

Sometimes we need a little soda to help us feel better during the cold and flu season but remember about your teeth. Candy isn’t the only culprit when it comes to added sugar. Sodas can have up to 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving. To add insult to injury, sodas also contain phosphoric and citric acids, which eat away at tooth enamel. Diet soft drinks let you skip the sugar, but they may have even more acid in the form of the artificial sweeteners. The team at Glaser Orthodontics says to make sure you rinse your mouth with water after consuming sugar sodas to prevent cavities.

Fruit juice is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, but unfortunately most juices are also loaded with sugar. Some juices can have as much sugar per serving as soda. For example, there are only 10 more grams of sugar in orange soda than in orange juice. Fruits are naturally sweet, so look for juice that has no added sugar. You can also reduce the sugar content by diluting juice with some water.

So when fighting the flu this season, Glaser Orthodontics recommends that you follow the above advice to help prevent cavities. As always, contact our office near Yorktown Heights at 914-739-6400 with any orthodontic questions regarding your teeth this flu season.

 

Good Oral Health Linked to Your Diet

Did you know that good oral health is linked to your diet? Glaser Orthodontics near Shrub Oak say to prevent cavities and maintain good oral health examine your diet — what you eat and how often you eat — are important factors. Dr. Glaser says changes in your mouth start the minute you eat certain foods. Bacteria in the mouth convert sugars and carbohydrates from the foods you eat to acids, and it’s the acids that begin to attack the enamel on teeth, starting the decay process. Dr. Glaser warns the more often you eat and snack, the more frequently you are exposing your teeth to the cycle of decay or cavities.

Glaser Orthodontics recommends certain foods that will keep your mouth healthy. The best food choices for the health of your mouth include cheeses, chicken or other meats, nuts, and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth (a natural process by which minerals are redeposited in tooth enamel after being removed by acids).

Other food choices that Glaser Orthodontics includes are firm/crunchy fruits (for example, apples and pears) and vegetables. Dr. Glaser tells us that these foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva (which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid). All of the food items are available in or near Shrub Oak. Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and lemons, should be eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize the acid from them.

Glaser Orthodontics says it is common sense that some poor food choices include candy — such as lollipops, hard candies, and mints — cookies, cakes, pies, breads, muffins, potato chips, pretzels, french fries, bananas, raisins, and other dried fruits. Dr. Glaser warns that these foods contain large amounts of sugar and/or can stick to teeth, providing a fuel source for bacteria. In addition, cough drops should be used only when necessary as they, like sugary candy, contribute to tooth decay.

If you’re looking for good beverage choices, the best choice is water (especially fluoridated water). Dr. Glaser says milk, and unsweetened tea are also good but Limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade, and coffee or tea with added sugar. Glaser Orthodontics recommends limiting your expose of sugary substances to your teeth.

The team at Glaser Orthodontics is always available to answer any questions regarding your oral health. Contact us at our office near Shrub Oak to get the best oral advice. We work hard on giving you the best smile!

Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/diet-oral-health