Monthly Archives: September 2015


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Good and Worst Foods for Teeth

We eat for a lot of reasons. Because we are hungry, we eat what we like, we eat what tastes good or we eat healthy for our bodies. But when, if ever, do we eat for our teeth? Do you ever even think about your teeth when making food choices? Now, we talk about the foods for teeth.Good and Worst Foods for Teeth

When it comes to food, your teeth are the first to be affected. And your teeth do have enemies. It’s important to know what foods are good for your mouth and which ones can have negative effects on your teeth and gums.

Let’s first talk about sugar. Is it one of the worst foods for teeth? That grainy white stuff you dump in your coffee — Yep, not nice for your teeth. Eating candy or candy bars, sucking on a lollipop, eating cake or cookies — all of this is detrimental to your teeth. You may have a lot of fillings in your mouth because you had cavities in your younger years. Maybe because you had too much sugar as a child and into your young adulthood. Keep in mind that a little bit of natural sugar is okay but things like agave nectar, Stevia and artificial sweeteners don’t contribute to decay like good old-fashioned sugar does.

Note that chemical-based artificial sweeteners may not be good for us so they should be consumed in very limited quantity. Just a dash of Splenda rather than a whole pack is the way to go. But play around with different sweeteners and figure out what works for you.

Now let’s talk about the crunchy stuff. Decay starts with bacteria and so any foods that cut back bacteria are good foods for teeth. Sugar — you guessed it — actually contributes to bacteria growth. But things that we crunch like celery, carrots, apples and cucumbers will not only fight bacteria in our mouth by producing saliva, but they also help keep plaque from forming on your teeth and at the gum line. Get in the habit of crunching one fruit a day, ideally in the morning. Why? Because eating fruit at night — which has a good amount of sugar in it — means you don’t burn it off and the sugar becomes fattening for you. Better to eat sugary foods earlier in the day so that you burn the calories.

And of course we are going to talk about dairy. You need calcium not just for strong teeth but also for strong bones. Many people are calcium deficient. Do you eat enough yogurt, milk, and cheese? Maybe a little ice cream now and then – but again, choose ones that are low in sugar. Sunflower seeds are actually very high in calcium and they promote building tooth enamel so try snacking on them once in a while.

Let’s talk about beverages now. Are you consuming sugary beverages like lemonade, sweetened iced tea, energy drinks, Gatorade, sodas? Alas, these are not your friends. Not only are they bad for your teeth and potentially cause cavities but they put too much sugar in our body. Sugar has been linked to all kinds of health problems and should be consumed in very small quantities. Keep this in mind when making beverage choices. Try having water with just a small amount of fruit juice or lemonade mixed in. Drink light iced tea and add ice and lemon. It’s important to make good beverage choices. Coffee of course stains your teeth as do any dark beverages so try limiting them and replacing them with lighter colored beverages if you’re concerned about white teeth. Green tea is a perfect substitute.

Now keep in mind that some foods can actually wedge in between your teeth more easily than others. Things like breads, crackers and potato chips can leave small particles in the cracks of your teeth and you don’t even know it. They create a perfect home for bacteria. This is why flossing is so important.

At the end of the day it is up to you to take care of your teeth and avoid decay. As New York City’s root canal specialists, we’ve seen our share of decay. We know what foods can do to our precious teeth. So, take care of your teeth, New York! Toss out the candy bar and have celery with peanut butter or apples with a bit of almond butter instead. Thanks for reading.

Avoiding Bad Breath

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Avoiding Bad Breath

It is not pleasant to be at a party or function, or even in the workplace, and be talking to someone with bad breath.
You yourself could have bad breath and not know it. This is why we should all take steps to prevent bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis. Everyone thinks their breath is fine and only other people have stinky breath. Not true. 85% of people have halitosis at times. The good news is, it is fairly easy to prevent, just by taking some simple measures.

bad breath solutionsThe first tip is an obvious one — get regular dental checkups and have your teeth cleaned at least once a year, but preferably twice per year. Tooth decay and plaque can contribute to bad breath. Removing that build up of plaque on your teeth and fixing any cavities will result in decreased chance for halitosis. Brushing your teeth frequently also decreases your chances of getting bad breath because you are making sure that food fragments are not residing in the cracks of your teeth.

Now what about your tongue? Do you clean your tongue? From the back to the front, your tongue can be covered in bacteria and yes, you guessed it, this can contribute to bad breath. You can brush your tongue gently with your regular toothbrush or gargle strongly with mouthwash and swish it all around your mouth and tongue.

Even just rinsing your mouth with water after you eat or drink something keeps food particles and bacteria from building up. And water is your friend in other ways. Staying hydrated throughout the day means you are less likely to develop halitosis. When your mouth is dry, less saliva is being produced and saliva is nature’s mouthwash. It fights bacteria and it washes away food particles. So when your mouth is dry, bad breath can take hold. Drink a lot of water especially if you are going to be socializing.

Certain foods lead to bad breath as well. You should avoid spicy foods like garlic and onions. Coffee and other strong drinks can also leave a smell. If you are consuming these things it makes sense to carry mints or gum and use them after consuming spicy foods and strong beverages.

If you are a smoker, you should know that smoking actually contributes to the buildup of plaque. So smokers are not only more likely to have bad breath, but also more teeth and gum problems. They have less saliva to protect them from halitosis as well.

Finally, we will encourage you to look for natural breath fresheners. You can chew on parsley or meant or even cinnamon sticks. Eating a grapefruit or an orange helps kill bacteria in your mouth and prevent bad breath. Flossing is a good idea to because it removes trapped food and gets your saliva flowing.

You may even want to ask a close friend or family member, do I ever have bad breath? You may be surprised to hear that halitosis is frequent. If you have frequent halitosis, it could be linked to a health condition like severe allergies and sinusitis, bronchitis, systemic problems, or even good old stress. If you have halitosis frequently and you are taking good care of your mouth and teeth, you should check with your doctor or dentist to determine the root cause of the problem.

As your New York City endodontist, we appreciate clients who take care of their mouth and breath. Our endodontists share these tips to help you avoid this embarrassing condition. A healthy mouth is a happy mouth – and the people around you will be happier too.