Will Eating An Apple A Day Keep Teeth Healthy?

Apple image The Academy of General Dentistry has determined in recent studies that dietary habits are usually indicators of the state of a patient’s dental health. Read on to learn more information about how your diet can impact your oral health.

Kids Are More Vulnerable To Poor Dental Health

After looking at the dietary habits and teeth of young children for fifteen months, results showed that decay and cavities were present in about ten percent of kids at age five. That number jumped to nearly twenty percent in just a year. Numbers dropped when kids reached their teens. Unfortunately, this showed that children usually experience a significant risk of cavities during their elementary school years.

Why Are Young Kids Prone To Tooth Decay?

The primary reason that kids are at a greater risk of cavities because they eat larger amounts of sugar and simple carbohydrates. These substances are too often available in the breakfast and lunch choices for young kids. And because school meals are tough to monitor, parents cannot easily control their children’s food choices.

How Can You Prevent Poor Oral Health?

We all know that it is tricky to control what your kids eat as soon as they step out of the house. However, although it is challenging, it is not impossible to monitor your child’s eating habits. Parents can help by packing their child’s lunch, providing healthy snacks, and following up with both your child and their teacher to make sure they are eating the healthy foods you are providing. You can also offer healthy snack alternatives when your child gets home, such as carrots, celery, or raisins. Start when your child is young and Instruct them to avoid candy and other foods that contain refined sugar or processed carbohydrates.

Parents can also show their child how to brush after lunch, rinse with water, or eat a piece of fruit to help keep teeth clean. You can also do some research to find out what kinds of foods your child’s school lunch program offers. If the school lunch programs do not incorporate healthy foods, talk to the school about incorporating healthy lunches or snacks into the lunch offerings.

How Can Apples Help You Get Better Oral Health?

Apples are a great way to help kick-start healthy oral habits. These fruits are free from refined sugars, relatively low in acid content, and crunchy. Taking a bite of these fruits can scrape the tooth surface gently to remove plaque and other food particles. Additionally, apples are a great source of healthy fiber, minerals, and vitamins.

What About Tooth Sealants?

Many times, parents feel helpless to prevent cavities in their kids. But here at Williams Lake Smiles, we want you to know that there are options. One way to prevent cavities is professionally applied tooth sealants. Sealants consist of a thin layer of bonding material that is applied to the chewing surface of a tooth. Once this layer dries, it acts as a barrier to bacteria food, plaque, and decay. This treatment can be used when your child’s first permanent molars have grown in. Give us a call today if you would like more information about sealants and how they could help your child.

Tips To Reduce Cavities And Improve Oral Health

1) Brush and floss your teeth after every meal. Encourage your kids to do this too!
2) Reduce sugary coffee drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and soda.
3) As an alternative for sugar-filled drinks, try water, tea, or sugar-free beverages.
4) Chew sugar-free gum after meals to keep your teeth clean and plaque free.
5) See the staff at Williams Lake Smiles regularly for check-ups and cleanings.

Come To Williams Lake Smiles Today For All Your Dental Needs

Here at our dental practice, we want all of our patients to know how important oral health is. If you have questions about the treatments we offer or general questions about oral hygiene, please feel free to peruse our website or give us a call for more information. You can also call our Williams Lake, BC, office for a consultation with Dr. Wassenaar. Give us a call now to get started on your journey to a healthy and happy smile.

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Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Happy New Year to all our patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

There’s just something about a new year! It represents a clean slate, a new beginning for many of us. As we finished up with 2020, we all want to believe that 2021 will bring a sort of relief from much of what the past year has brought us. 

Although there are still many restrictions and hurdles ahead of us, we are all doing our best to prove that we are resilient and focused on brighter and healthier days ahead.

The start of 2021 finds many of us evaluating our health and making plans and potential changes for the year ahead. So, as you are making some New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to add dental care to that list!

Managing your dental health is a key factor of keeping your immune system strong to help protect you against any attack. Just as important as a good diet, rest and exercise, your dental health is something you should not ignore.

Often dental changes can happen with little to no discomfort or warning. Just as changes in the rest of your body happen, it is the same for your teeth and mouth. We all know that age, stress, hormones and busy schedules (just to name a few) sneak up on us and seem to cause changes to our bodies almost overnight. Where you used to be able to eat whatever you wanted, barely exercise and stay up all hours of the night, you might be noticing that you just can’t do that anymore! It is similar with our dental care routine. If you have been doing the same routine for what seems like forever, it might be time to evaluate and change things, even slightly, to be more effective in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is here to help make your health a top priority. We look forward to continuing to work with you as life changes happen and want to make dental pain and emergency the smallest challenges possible.

This past year we have been working even harder to make our office a safe, welcoming place for you to visit. You may notice our policies and protocols have changed and will continue to do so based on recommendations from our professional colleges, provincial and local health authorities. Please respect these new policies and understand that some extra screening and time is required in order to achieve this. To keep things running smoothly, it is very important to complete all screening paperwork prior to all visits to our office. If the required paperwork is not completed, we may need to reschedule your appointment time.

Contact our team to schedule a dental appointment to help you be the healthiest you in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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