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Time for Your Spring Cleaning
It’s officially Spring! After a long and dreary winter, it’s time to break out and enjoy the sun. As you begin your spring cleaning throughout your home, it’s important to schedule the spring cleaning for your smile. Let your teeth and gums stay healthy and happy through the warmer months by scheduling your routine cleaning and exam with our dentist in Fairview Heights before you’re swept away in all the fun in the sun.
During Your Spring Cleaning
When you visit our office for your cleaning and exam, we’ll catch you up to speed on how your dental health is and answer any questions or concerns you have about your smile. We’re here to help and we want to ensure you’re getting the cleanest, strongest smile possible.
Our dentist in Fairview Heights will perform a thorough exam first to see what’s changed since your last visit. If it’s been over a year, it’s likely that x-rays will be taken so we can see what’s under the surface. With the help of x-rays, we’re able to see what can’t be seen with the naked eye and address any problems in their early stages in order to prevent them from worsening. There are numerous dental issues that, if addressed too late, cannot be reversed including gum disease.
After this, you’ll receiving your cleaning from one of our amazing hygienists. The build-up of plaque and bacteria will be efficiently removed from those hard-to-reach places that can’t be done at home. Then, we’ll polish your teeth to increase the resistance of stain and bacterial build-up on the surface to further protect your smile. Around this time, we encourage you to ask all questions you have about your dental health that our professionals can assist with, whether it be tips to better care at home or other procedures that may benefit your smile.
Starting Fresh
Now that you’re starting fresh with your newly cleansed smile, be sure to keep up the care! Adjust your daily routine to make sure you’re brushing AND flossing every single day. You’ve got a clean slate and it’s time to keep it that way. Be sure that you are:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day, every day, for at least two minutes. Your brushing routine should be careful, but thorough. Aggressively brushing your teeth won’t make them any cleaner – in fact, that will do more harm than good! Small, gentle circles are the best way to give your teeth and gums the best cleaning possible.
- Floss, floss, floss! This step is usually skipped and trust us, we can tell. It’s essential for warding off cavities, plaque buildup, and gum disease. Try flossing after your meals and be sure to floss before bed, too.
- Wondering about mouthwash? There are several kinds of mouthwashes that have different treatments, so don’t hesitate to ask our team about if mouthwash is right for you and which to try.
Benefits of Routine Cleanings
One of the most common reasons that people skip their routine visits to the dentist is that they don’t see anything wrong with their smile, so there’s no reason to go. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t the case. Many dental issues can’t be seen with the naked eye until they’ve gotten so extreme that extreme, advanced measures need to be taken. As dental health professionals, we don’t want you to get to that step! It will be completely avoided if you maintain your bi-annual visits for cleanings, exams, and x-rays.
 By visiting our dentist in Fairview Heights every six months, you’re ensuring the following benefits for your smile:
- Healthier teeth and gums
- Fresher breath
- Brighter teeth
- Reduced risk for dental problems
- Improved overall health
- And more!
Call us today at (618) 622-1800 to get your spring cleaning started and ask us about ways to maintain a routine to protect, improve and strengthen your smile. We can’t wait to see you!
What to Expect at Your Latest Dental Visit
Visiting the dentist, while a seemingly simple appointment, is something that countless people dread! Whether it’s the uncertainty of your results or due to previously difficult experiences, these moments may keep you from taking the next step and scheduling your appointment. The goal of our Fairview Heights dentist is to give you the healthiest and happiest smile possible. Below, we’ll break down what patients should expect when visiting our office.
Before Your Visit
We want everyone to feel as comfortable and prepared as possible before their visit to our office, so there are helpful steps to take that will put you at ease before you even walk through our doors!
We encourage patients to ask as many questions as they would like to put your mind at ease when it comes to your appointment. From how long a cleaning and exam typically takes for a first visit in a long time to inquiring about your current insurance, there are numerous things that patients may not have the answers to, and we are here to help. When it comes to paperwork, we will either guide you to our online forms or send you copies to print and fill out in the comfort of your own home. If you have any concerns about the contents of the forms, don’t hesitate to ask us!
During Your Visit
Once you’re called back for your appointment, our Fairview Heights dentist will meet with you to take a look at your teeth and gums. During this time, we’re checking out how your teeth have been since your last appointment. X-rays will almost always be necessary to see what’s lying underneath your smile since our team can’t see everything about your smile with the naked eye. Most dental issues can be spotted early with the help of x-rays, so without them, some dental problems may be irreversible if they go unaddressed for too long!
If you’re experiencing any dental pain during your appointment, please let us know right away. We want to give you the best possible experience – your comfort is just as important to us as your dental health.
During your cleaning, our hygienists will thoroughly exam and clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth to get rid of the built-up plaque and bacteria. We recommend visiting our office every six months so this build up doesn’t get out of control and can be better and easier removed during your appointments.
If there are any other issues brought up by our team, we’ll thoroughly discuss them with you and when the best time to return to our office is.
After Your Visit
After you’ve finished your cleaning, it’s important to schedule your next appointment! That gives you the best choice of appointment dates and times, as well as eliminates the possibility of forgetting to schedule it in the future. It’s quick and efficient to do it right after your appointment before leaving the office. Be sure to jot down the date and time in your phones and calendars with reminders, so once the time approaches, you’ll have just enough time to prepare for your routine visit.
If you have any questions about your future appointments or other services we offer at our practice, don’t hesitate to give our Fairview Heights dentist a call at (618) 622-1800 and we’ll happily assist you in any and all of your concerns.
Create Your New Years' Smile
We’re no stranger to New Years resolutions, but it’s time to make 2021 the best it can be! That starts with improving our own overall health, which includes our smile. While you may not believe it, there are countless people that have dental resolutions they wish to address. Whether you’re trying to rework your daily dental routine to include more healthy habits or you would like a complete smile makeover, our dentist in Fairview is here to assist you in every way possible!
Below, we’ll break down steps whether big or small that will help you on your journey towards an overall healthier smile. Consistency is key!
Growth Starts at Home
One of the most important places to start working towards your goal is at home. You’re ideally only visiting our office twice a year, so during those long stretches of time in between your appointments, your dental care is in your hands. It’s no secret that brushing and flossing are necessary for a healthy smile, but how closely are you following this daily routine? Are there mornings when you’re in a hurry and may have skipped brushing your teeth? Did you forget to floss yesterday? Are you brushing for the full two minutes?
Since consistency is key, it’s important to keep up with brushing and flossing your teeth and gums twice a day, every day. If you fall into a pattern of skipping or forgetting, your dental health is at risk. Try leaving notes or reminders for yourself, whether on your phone or in your bathroom, so you’re less likely to forget. If you have trouble of brushing for at least two minutes, try integrating your favorite song or jingle to make the time go by faster.
When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? If the bristles are aggressively frayed, it’s far past time for a new brush! To ensure an efficient brushing, we recommend changing your toothbrush every three months. Frayed and broken bristles aren’t properly cleaning your teeth and gums as well as a new brush would, so don’t get too attached to an ineffective tool. Be sure to change your toothbrush after you’ve been sick – that harmful bacteria sticks around and can easily get you sick again!
A Healthier Lifestyle
One of the most popular resolutions for the New Year typically have to do with dietary changes. There are many choices that are beneficial but keep an eye on how your new diet affects your smile, as well. If you’re changing your eating habits, like additional healthy snacking throughout the day, you’ll have to also include the number of times you floss. Leaving food particles to sit in between your teeth throughout the day, no matter how healthy they are, put your teeth at risk for cavities and decay. Carry around a pack of floss and ADA approved sugar-free gum to neutralize acids and reduce the build-up of bacteria.
Smile Transformation Services
To begin your journey towards the smile of your dreams, take the first step and schedule a consultation with our dentist in Fairview Heights. There are numerous services available, but we must find which one is best suited for your smile. Every patient is different and has their own unique smile, which means your treatment won’t be the same as anyone else’s!
If you’re looking for a brighter smile, there are several teeth whitening options available. From over the counter to in-office treatments, we want your smile to shine! We encourage you to ask all questions you have regarding these different options to see what would give you the most natural-looking results. There are whitening toothpastes that may benefit your teeth, as well.
Have you been thinking about braces, but feel like you’re too old for them? Don’t fear – braces are for patients of all ages! Like we said, everyone’s treatment is different, so we’ll thoroughly discuss what is the best path to align your teeth. Thankfully, there are alternate options like invisible or clear braces that won’t disrupt your professional appearance while also straightening your smile into its proper place.
If you’re missing one or multiple teeth, ask us about replacement options like bridges, dentures, or dental implants. Going long periods of time without filling in those gaps in your smile causes your remaining teeth to shift to fill that space again. This causes a change of facial structure, vulnerable and exposed gums and roots, and more. Ask us about the best tooth replacement procedure for your smile.
The lists go on! There are countless ways to improve your dental health and that’s what we’re here for. Call our dentist in Fairview Heights at (618) 622-1800 to schedule an appointment and discuss your resolutions to see how we can give you the smile of your dreams. You’ll be proud to share your smile with friends, family, and even strangers! We can’t wait to start this journey with you.
Dental Safe Holiday Meals
The holiday season is in full swing and there is no way to hide the excitement of all your favorite delicacies that are spread across the table. While you can’t wait to dive in, it’s important to consider how these foods and drinks are going to affect your overall oral health. With the help of our family dentist in Fairview Heights, you’ll still happily enjoy this wonderful season without harming your teeth and gums.
Balance is Key
While some of your holiday exclusive favorites will only be around for a short amount of time, be sure you’re not overindulging. Balance is important and your smile will be grateful. In between some of these meals, enjoy some crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots to reinvigorate your teeth. Don’t forget to drink some water throughout this time of year, too!
Avoid Harmful Sweets and Treats
During this time of year, there are a plethora of candy canes, chestnuts, and numerous other over-crunchy, sticky, and sugary foods. It’s no secret how harmful these are for your smile, so we urge you to avoid them as much as possible. Look for other, safer alternatives to put your sweet tooth at bay instead of taking the fast line to several cavities.
Combine a Light-Colored Beverage with Delicious Cheese
Being conscious of your dental decisions all year can take a quick turn if you’re over-indulging during the holiday season. If you wake up one morning after a few nights of drinking red wine and consuming other dark-stained foods and drinks, the shade of your teeth may drastically change. A simple tip would be to switch over to lighter colored drinks that don’t have so much tannin that will stain your teeth. This choice, combined with snacking on cheese to neutralize the acidity of your drinks, will do far more for your smile than you may think.
Don’t Forget Your Daily Dental Routine
Despite the excitement around the holidays, don’t forget to stick to your daily dental routine. Every morning and night, it’s necessary to brush and floss your teeth in order to maintain a strong and healthy smile. If you let your seasonal plans get the best of you, your teeth and gums will suffer.
Get Ahead of Schedule
The holidays are busy for everyone! Once they’re over, you’ll certainly want some time to simply relax before getting back into the swing of things. Unfortunately, everyone is thinking the same thing. Get ahead of the rest by scheduling your routine cleaning and exam with us now so you won’t have to rush around to find an appointment later. With this tip, you’ll be able to keep your smile healthy and happy.
Looking for more simple tips to keep your smile shining during this holiday season? Don’t hesitate to give our family dentist in Fairview Heights a call today at (618) 622-1800 to learn more or to schedule that appointment for the new year. We look forward to giving you the healthiest and strongest smile in 2021!
Oral Health Care for Adults
It’s no secret the way your body changes as you get older. From childhood, to your teens, to young adults and beyond, your body continues to grow and change throughout each walk of life and it’s important that you keep up! One part of your overall health that changes as you age is your dental health, constantly adjusting to the foods and drinks you consume, as well as your daily dental routine and bi-annual visits to our office.
Unfortunately, without maintaining a routine for your dental care, you’re at a higher risk for dental issues that affect your teeth and gums down the road. See how, with the help of our Fairview Heights dentist, our team can strengthen and protect your smile, so you have one less thing to worry about in the future.
Common Oral Health Problems in Adults
As you get older, you may not think that it’s pertinent to address any dental problems because you believe nothing is wrong or that it’s something that can wait. We highly encourage to kick that mindset to the curb! Waiting to address any dental issues will only lead to further dental issues sooner than you think.
These are the most common oral health problems that adults face:
Tooth Decay: 1 in 5 adults over the age of 65 have untreated tooth decay
Gum Disease: About 68% of adults over the age of 65 suffer from gum disease
Tooth Loss: Nearly 1 in 5 adults aged 65 or older have lost ALL their teeth and the percentages rise the higher the age
Oral Cancer: Median age at diagnosis is around 62 years
What Adults Should Do to Maintain Good Oral Health
Everyone can keep their natural teeth for a lifetime! By following these helpful but simple steps, your dental health will thrive for years to come:
Brush your teeth twice a day, every day, with fluoride toothpaste
Floss at least once a day, but the benefits will show if you floss after each meal
Visit our office for your bi-annual cleanings, exams, and x-rays so we can monitor your teeth and gums to stop any issues before they get worse
Quit bad habits like smoking and other tobacco use
Limit or quit consumption of alcoholic drinks
Align your diet with how it affects your dental health
Discuss how any medication may be affecting your oral health if you’re experiencing side effects like dry mouth
And much more!
You and your smile deserve the best care possible and that’s what our Fairview Heights dentist is here to do. Call our office at (618) 622-1800 and our team will help you pick the best date and time for your appointment. Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions or concerns you have for your smile—we’re here to help.
The Importance of Choosing an Emergency Dentist
Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, so it’s difficult to expect the unexpected! A dental emergency requires immediate care, but patients should know where to go. Our first reaction would be to go straight to the hospital, but the health professionals there aren’t the same as our Fairview Heights dentist when it comes to caring for your teeth and gums. Finding the best emergency dental care saves more than just your smile, so learn more about the importance below.
Why Go to a Dental Office Instead of a Hospital
When you experience a medical emergency, your first thought is to visit the ER for immediate care, but when it comes to a dental emergency like a broken or loose tooth, you should call our emergency dentist right away. You’ll receive detailed instructions on how to care for your damaged tooth while you’re on your way to our office. Once you arrive, you’ll receive immediate care to address the problem. With this prompt treatment, we’re able to not only care for the injury now, but work with you to prevent long-term problems you may run across in the future.
Emergency Dentistry is for More than Tooth Loss
Emergency dental care is more than just caring for a missing or damaged tooth.  There are numerous dental issues that constitute as an emergency that may not be as obvious, but it’s important to recognize them and act accordingly. An example would be a broken or damaged dental crown; if the tooth underneath the crown is exposed, it’s susceptible to coming in contact with harmful bacteria and food particles. This can quickly cause an infection and lead to further damage to your overall oral health.
How to Determine a Dental Emergency
Like we’ve mentioned, your first reaction during an emergency would be to go to the ER, but it’s important to think of your choices and what’s the most logical choice. The best first step is to give our Fairview Heights dentist a call to discuss the issue and determine whether or not it’s a true dental emergency, or if it can wait until your next scheduled appointment. Instead of rushing to the emergency room, where there are no dental professionals or experts like us, we’ll give you detailed instructions on how to care for your injury until your next visit, or what steps to take before coming into our office.
Be sure you have our number in your phone to call if ever a dental emergency happens! Accidents are unpredictable, so it’s important to be as prepared as possible. Contact our Fairview Heights dentist at (618) 622-1800 to learn more about addressing a dental emergency or to schedule a consultation today.
How to Avoid Snacking
It’s no secret that snacking is an enjoyable and tasty past time. The thought of your favorite snack is something that will get you through the day, just to enjoy your treat at the perfect moment. Whether that treat is something sweet like a cupcake or something sour like a candy, it’s important to consider one thing – your teeth!
Every time you enjoy a sugary snack, the natural bacteria in your mouth works to increase the acidity. This acidity attacks and tries to break down the layer of your enamel – the surface of your teeth – that’s protecting the nerves within the dentin. This causes tooth decay, which leads to cavities and increases your risk of dental disease.
Whether you snack throughout the day, have a sweet tooth, or prefer sugary drinks like soda, your smile is in danger. Learn more below with the help of our Fairview Heights dentist.
Why Good Nutrition for Your Smile is Important
While it’s extremely difficult to have a complete sugar-free diet, it’s important to keep an eye on how much sugar you’re consuming for a number of beneficial reasons. There is natural sugar in many foods we eat, but when it comes to additional sugar from desserts and snacks, your teeth may not be able to handle it. This greatly increases the risk of getting cavities as your teeth break down to the harmful bacteria of sweets and treats.
A balanced diet is essential. Not only will your smile be grateful, but your whole body will be, too!
The Harm of Snacking
If you snack throughout the way, in between your standard three meals a day, your teeth and gums don’t get a chance to rest and recuperate. The reason that health professionals insist on sticking to three meals a day is for the benefit of your overall health, including dental. If you continue to eat in between your major meals, your mouth doesn’t have time to create saliva to help fight back against the harmful bacteria of foods or help rebuild and strengthen your enamel. Instead, you’re allowing bacteria to continuously break down your enamel and weakening your teeth in the process. The time in between meals is valuable for your smile and should be cherished. During this time, drink some water instead to further increase the speed with which your saliva is protecting your smile. By the time your next meal comes around, your teeth will be prepared.
What are Ways to Stop Snacking?
To cut back or stop your snacking habits, check out some helpful tips below:
Meal Prep or Plan Ahead: Having your meals planned out will give you a better idea of what you’ll be eating, and how much you’ll be eating, too. Without the structure, you may be tempted to graze and snack throughout the day.
Don’t Forget Breakfast: There are numerous reasons why breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. If you skip breakfast, but are hungry before lunchtime, you’re likely to snack on small things to be held over until your next meal. Having a balanced breakfast eliminates that possibility.
Hydrate with Water: Instead of that extra cup of coffee, or looking for a boost with an energy drink, enjoy some water. Diuretics will only make you thirstier and dry out your mouth, harming your teeth even further. A cool glass of water will make you feel better in all the ways you’re looking for!
Don’t hesitate to ask our Fairview Heights dentist for other helpful tips on ways to limit or avoid snacking for the benefit of your smile. Give our office a call at (618) 622-1800 for further questions, concerns, or to schedule an appointment today!
Tips for Better Oral Hygiene
After you’ve visited our office for your routine dental cleaning and exams, your dental care doesn’t stop here! When you go home with your brand new toothbrush, it’s time to examine your daily routine to see what ways to improve your smile. See what our Fairview Heights dentist has to share so you can keep a healthy and beautiful smile at all times.
Make Sure You’re Brushing Your Teeth the Right Way
Yes, brushing your teeth every morning is a necessary step to maintain healthy teeth and gums, but are you doing it right? People mistakenly think that there is no “wrong way” to brush your teeth, but without the proper technique, your smile may suffer. It’s important to reach all the right spots and brush for at least two minutes. Some people underestimate the length of two minutes when brushing your teeth, but we promise, your healthy smile with be worth it!
When you’re brushing, remember that you’re not only cleaning your teeth, but your gums and tongue, too. These areas are just are sensitive and need to be properly protected. Bacteria is able to hide and build up in the smallest places, so your technique is key to reach all these areas to continuously improve your oral hygiene. Without cleaning these places, you’re susceptible to gingivitis and advanced gum disease.
There is also a common misconception that the faster you brush your teeth, the cleaner they’re going to be, but this isn’t true! If you rush through your brush, you’re not giving your teeth the proper cleaning they deserve. It’s also important to note that if you’re aggressively brushing, you’re not doing your smile any favors. Brushing too hard will wear down your enamel, the protective surface of your teeth, and cause dental sensitivity. With a weak enamel, you may experience sharp, stinging pains when you have food or drinks with drastic temperatures.
Flossing Must be Done
When we bring up flossing during your appointments, we do it out of love and care for your smile! Flossing is an essential part of your oral hygiene routine, so be sure to do so at least once a day to improve your smile. While the bristles of your toothbrush are made to clean some of those hard-to-reach places, your floss is guaranteed to get those spots and remove the build up food particles and bacteria and protect your smile from cavities.
Avoid Harmful Foods and Drinks
The first step to good oral hygiene is ensuring your smile is being properly taken care of with the right tools, like your toothbrush and floss. In between these routine steps, it’s important that your diet isn’t counteracting the hard work you’ve done! There are numerous acidic and dangerous foods and drinks that break down your smile much faster than other. Try to avoid intake of things like coffee, sweets, tomato-based products, and the like.
Looking for more helpful tips to improve your smile? Look no further than our Fairview Heights dentist. Give our office a call at (618) 622-1800 to schedule your consultation or appointment with our team. We’ll get your smile on the right track!
Flossing 101: Tips from the Pros
One of the most common questions patients get when they visit our office for a cleaning is, “Have you been flossing?” This is because it’s one of the most important steps in your daily dental routine and should not be skipped! We understand that this task can be uncomfortable and tedious, but you deserve the healthiest smile and that can only be accomplished with this necessary step.
What Does Flossing Do for Your Smile?
When you floss, you’re reaching all the spots that your toothbrush bristles simply can’t get to, like the spaces between your teeth. With the help of floss, you’re removing the build up of plaque and bacteria that’s harming both your teeth and gums. If these are left behind, you’re vulnerable to cavities, dental decay, and even gum disease. If there is decay between the teeth, multiple fillings may be necessary, or other cosmetic restorations to improve your smile, depending on how much damage is done.
The lingering bacteria from foods, drinks, and lack of proper care negatively affects your gums, as well. They’re start swelling and bleeding, making them prone to infection and further pain. Once gum disease occurs, the structure of your smile is at risk. Your teeth will become loose and start shifting and eventually, they’ll fall out. The foundation of your jawbone becomes compromised due to gum disease and it can no longer support the roots of your teeth.
When Should You Floss?
If you floss on a regular basis – at least once a day – your teeth and gums will stay healthy, you’ll prevent cavities, and prevent infections and gum disease from occurring.
Try flossing before you brush your teeth at the end of your day to loosen any lingering food particles. It doesn’t hurt to floss once more after you’ve brushed, just to ensure you’ve gotten everything.
If you have a hard time remembering to floss, try putting it in an area near your toothbrush so it’s visible and easy to spot, instead of in a cabinet or hidden somewhere else. The sooner you integrate this simple step in your daily dental routine, the healthier your smile will be.
How Should You Floss?
One of the most popular statements we hear about flossing is that it’s difficult. Patients find it tough to reach all the spots in between their teeth with the typical floss spools we associate with the task. With traditional floss, we recommend breaking off about 18 inches of string and wind up most of the floss while only leaving a few free inches of space. Using your thumb and pointer finger to hold the floss taut, glide the floss between your teeth and dislodge any visible or invisible bacteria. Be sure to be gentle as you floss since aggressive flossing will only cause sensitive and bleeding gums.
If you’re not a fan of the traditional floss, there are other options available to you, including threader floss and water flossers. Don’t hesitate to ask us about the best choice for you, as well as a demonstration on how to properly floss if you’re still not comfortable with the task yourself.
We want to encourage top oral hygiene in every way possible, so please ask any questions, comments, or concerns you have about taking care of your smile at home or on the go. Give our Fairview Heights dentist a call at (618) 622-1800 and our staff will happily assist you. We can’t wait to work together with you towards a healthier, happier and stronger smile.
Summer Foods for Healthy Teeth
Summer is right around the corner! We’re getting warmed up, so it’s time to have some of your favorite foods and drinks. In between, make sure that your snacks and indulgences are safe for your smile. Below, our Fairview Heights dentist shares summertime foods that are tasty, full of flavor, and healthy for your teeth and gums.
The summer brings some of the most refreshing, delicious fruits, many of which are beneficial for your smile. Don’t forget – while these fruits are nutritious in many ways, they are also acidic and have the ability to break down your enamel if you’re eating them too much and too often. When you’re enjoying these fruits, pair them with minimal-acidic foods like almonds and wash them down with a glass of water.
While apples are commonly picked in the fall, there are variations that grow in the summer. Apples increase saliva production, which wash away bacteria and food particles built up between your teeth and other hard-to-reach places. The harder texture of the apples also enhances your gums, as well.
Other great fruits to enjoy are strawberries and peaches. Strawberries are high in vitamin C, which minimize inflammation and produce a protein that combats periodontal (gum) disease. Peaches naturally contain fluoride, which enables the remineralization and reconstruction of enamel while also strengthening your existing enamel. They are also filled with vitamin C and calcium to strengthen your teeth.
Seasonal cheeses, much like vegetables and fruits, have beneficial ingredients for your smile. Choices like feta cheese, goat cheese, ricotta, and mozzarella contain calcium and protein that reinforce your teeth and bones. They also stimulate the production of saliva, which assists in cleaning the bacteria and food particle build-up in your mouth.
Meats and Fish
Grilling is a favorite pastime in the summer, so be sure to include some of the healthier options for your smile! Lean meats like turkey and chicken and fatty fishes are rich in protein and contain phosphorus, which assist in fortifying your jaw and teeth. Combine that with delicious sides like leafy greens (compromised with vitamin A that produces enamel) and even a side of beans, which are high in fiber, and you’ve got a smile-friendly meal!
Looking for other summertime foods that will strengthen your smile? Simply give our Fairview Heights dentist a call at (618) 622-1800 and we’ll happily help!
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