Did you know that chocolate might not be as bad for your teeth as people may have thought? You can now eat your favorite treat without feeling guilty. Studies have shown that there are benefits to eating chocolate, however, not all chocolate is created equal. It is important to note that these benefits apply to dark chocolate, not milk chocolate or white chocolate. Dark chocolate is rich in Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and a few other minerals.
A 100-gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains:
• 11 grams of fiber
• 67% Iron
• 58% Magnesium
• 89% Copper
• 98% Manganese
• It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium
Here are more advantages to eating dark chocolate and how to maintain good oral health while doing so.
Chocolate and Your Teeth
Chocolate is a candy that dissolves quickly in your mouth, resulting in less time on your teeth. It does less damage than a chewy or sticky candy because the sugar doesn’t cling to your teeth as long.
Chocolate and Your Health
Cocoa and dark chocolate are also a powerful source of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. Many experts believe this damage is a factor in the development of blood vessel disease, cancer, and other conditions. The bioactive compounds in cocoa can improve blood flow in the arteries and cause a small but statistically significant decrease in blood pressure.
Eating chocolate can lower your risk for cardiovascular disease. A study also showed that the flavanols from cocoa can improve blood flow to the skin and protect it against sun-induced damage.
Remember to eat responsibly as too much sugary food can be harmful, regardless of the benefits. Eating dark chocolate and brushing your teeth after will reduce the negative effects of chocolate.
While you can indulge on your favorite chocolate treat occasionally, be sure to keep up with your oral hygiene routine. Brush at least twice each day for two minutes, and floss regularly. To schedule your next visit to our office, please contact our team.
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While brushing or flossing your teeth, do you notice blood on your toothbrush or in the sink? Swollen, red, or tender gums can bleed when brushing or flossing, even if you are brushing gently. While it may seem harmless, it is important that you do not ignore these symptoms as they may be signs of a more serious issue. Here are four reasons why your gums may be bleeding, and what you can do for prevention.
- Poor Oral Hygiene Habits
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily is recommended. However, this routine might still cause your gums to bleed. Bleeding gums can be a consequence of flossing too hard. Use soft bristle toothbrushes for a gentler cleaning.
Inhaling smoke can leave toxins on the teeth that irritate gums and cause them to bleed. Smoking can cause your immune system to be compromised, and prevent tissues from healing correctly. Quitting cigarette use will reduce bleeding gums. If you smoke, be sure to schedule an extra oral examination with our team to evaluate your gum health.
- Nutritionally Poor Diet
A healthy lifestyle is beneficial to every aspect of your health. Eating junk food high in sugar content can cause decay and lead to poor oral health. A balanced diet and proper oral hygiene can reduce the risk of bleeding gums.
Plaque and bacteria can build up on your teeth and become inflamed. Gingivitis is often symptom free. The one symptom that typically appears is bleeding gums, which is usually ignored because it is generally painless. Gingivitis is preventable by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing regularly to reduce plaque build-up. Schedule an appointment with us today if you suspect you have gingivitis.
If your gums regularly bleed, it is important that you contact our office. Our team can provide a complete oral examination and recommend proper treatment. Your oral health can significantly impact your overall health. For a healthy life, start by maintaining healthy gums.
To schedule your visit, please contact our office today.
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Tyler, TX 75703
Calcium is an important mineral for building strong, healthy teeth. Not everyone can tolerate the lactose found in dairy, which is often a prime source for calcium. There are a wide variety of options available to get the calcium you need. Here are six options rich in calcium:
Canned seafood, such as sardines and salmon, can be an excellent source of calcium. These inexpensive options contain more calcium than their fresh counterparts. Canned seafood has small, soft, edible bones that are generally unnoticeable but can be a great way to add calcium to a salad or another dish.
Alternative Milk Products
Soy, rice, and almond milks offer added calcium and can be used as a milk substitute in many dishes. Experiment with different varieties to determine which flavor you like the most for each use. Try one of these milk alternatives on cereal or use in a cooked dish. Soy, rice, and almond milks are available in a variety of flavors, including plain, sweetened, unsweetened, vanilla, and other options.
Green vegetables are a prime source of calcium. Collard greens, mustard, turnip, and dandelion greens, Chinese cabbage, spinach, kale, okra, and broccoli are all great choices for adding calcium to your diet.
Milk is one of the best sources of calcium. One cup of cow’s milk can potentially contain a quarter of the recommended daily intake of calcium. Cow’s milk is also a cheap option, as it is generally priced below alternative options like almond milk. Additional benefits provided are good source of protein, vitamin A and vitamin D.
Most yogurts are high in calcium. The highest source of calcium from yogurt comes from the low-fat variety, while Greek yogurt has a lower amount of calcium than regular yogurt.
A lot of cheeses are excellent sources of calcium. Parmesan cheese has the highest amount of calcium among cheeses. Softer varieties of cheese generally have less calcium than others. Aged and hard cheeses typically contain less lactose, making them easier to eat for people with dairy restrictions.
Calcium is important for developing and maintaining strong teeth and bones. If you have trouble digesting dairy, don’t let that stop you from consuming your recommended amount of daily calcium.
Contact our office to schedule your visit today.
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Parents of infants and toddlers may not be thinking about their child’s smile as a young adult, but babyhood is the time to start planning for that gorgeous smile.
1.) Brushing is crucial. When your baby’s teeth appear, brush twice a day with an infant toothbrush. Always brush before bedtime and then only give your child water until the next morning.
2.) Start flossing when two of his teeth touch each other.
3.) Don’t put your child to bed with a bottle of juice, formula, or milk. That can cause tooth decay. If you must give your child a bottle to take to bed, make sure it contains only water.
4.) If you let your child drink juice or sugary drinks, give them at a meal. Between meals, the sippy cup or bottle should only contain water.
5.) Watch out for mouth breathing or snoring in your child. Many times this is caused by allergies. A major class of allergens for children are dairy products. Dairy includes milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream. Other major allergens include eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. If you see signs of allergies in your child, begin your search for the source by eliminating the dairy.
6.) Other causes of snoring may be obesity in the child or smoking by an adult in your home.
7.) Avoid any unusual pressure on your child’s growing gums to avoid crooked teeth. Sucking thumbs, pacifiers, or bottle feeding longer than normal can cause your baby’s teeth and jaws to grow out of shape.
If your toddler has some unhealthy habits, you may want to spend a week helping them eliminate those habits. I know if may seem like waging a battle you don’t really want to face, but helping your toddler grow up with healthy teeth, and in turn, a beautiful smile, will be so worth it.
The Star of the South 2017 dental convention was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston March 2-4. It’s a large meeting as nearly 6,000 people attended. Dr. Coker spoke and gave a live demonstration on Thursday in the Exhibit Hall. The title of his presentation on DTR was “No Pain, Tremendous Gain.”
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