How To Snack During The Holidays Without Ruining Your Teeth

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When the holidays come around, you will be invited to enjoy a lot of different treats and desserts. While it’s not reasonable to expect you to say no to them all, you should get in the habit of making smarter choices so you will do less damage to your teeth during this challenging time of the year. Set out a veggie and cheese tray At your home, make sure you set out a veggie and cheese platter with your offerings of sweets and desserts. Make sure you are eating from that healthy tray between your snacking on the other one. When you do eat from the regular snack tray, you should try to choose the snacks that won’t stick to your teeth as much, ones that won’t increase your chances of chipping a tooth and won’t expose your teeth to an excessive amount of destructive food particles. Drink a lot of water Drinking water will wash off the food that may otherwise harm your teeth. It also acts as a filler and helps you feel satisfied so you won’t get as many cravings for those foods that can end up ruining your teeth and causing them to become stained. Eat meals During the holidays, a lot of people snack throughout the day and end up not eating three meals a day. By eating three meals, you will cut back on the amount of goodies you consume during this period. Go for the lighter colored treats Darker colored treats, such as colored frostings and candies, are made from dyes that will stain your teeth over a period of time. You can keep your teeth looking whiter through the holiday season by looking for those naturally colored treats, or ones that are colored white. Don’t eat very sticky treats Sticky candies and snacks will stay in your teeth and on the surface of your teeth for much longer than non-sticky candies. Just as with the hard candies that get stuck in your teeth, these will also allow the sugars to work on damaging them. Caramel and taffy are a couple examples of candies that are very bad choices. Go for dark chocolate goodies Dark chocolate is chocolate that hadn’t been processed so much and this means it has less dentally destructive ingredients. It also has antioxidants, tannins and other ingredients that can actually help your teeth. Dark chocolate’s benefits make it the exception to the rule when it comes to not eating dark colored candy. Now that you have a better understanding of what it takes to keep your teeth healthy and looking good during the holidays, you can continue enjoying sweet foods without guilt. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry,...

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How To Help Your Podiatrist Help You

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Although conditions of the feet and toenails can evolve into more serious health issues, you may neglect to take proper care of your feet. If you experience problems with your toenails, a podiatrist can help. You may not realize it, but there are things you should avoid when you have an upcoming podiatry appointment. It’s also important to keep the doctor well informed about any factors that may affect your foot health. 1. Forego the pedicure. While you may be tempted to make your feet and toenails as nice-looking as possible to see the doctor, you should not get a pedicure beforehand. The podiatrist needs to see how your toenails and feet usually look to get a clear picture of the health of your feet. You can also pick up a fungal or bacterial infection in your toenails following a pedicure, which will add to any existing feet problems. 2. Avoid over-trimming your toenails. It’s important not to trim back your toenails too far in preparation for your podiatry appointment. Not only will you not leave enough nail for the podiatrist to get an adequate sample for a culture or biopsy if your symptoms indicate the need, you could be paving the way to ingrown toenails. While ingrown toenails are a common problem, they can lead to more serious health complications, particularly if you have diabetes or peripheral artery disease, which causes poor circulation in your legs and feet. 3. Forget about the nail polish. Since the doctor needs to get a good look at what may be happening under the surface of your toenails, you should not go to the podiatrist with your toenails painted. Colored nail polish can hide signs that a fungal infection is present. Autoimmune disease, circulation problems, and diabetes are health conditions that make it more likely that you will acquire toenail fungus; therefore, it’s important for your podiatrist to see your toenails in their natural state. Another potential problem is that the chemicals in nail polish can skew the results of a nail biopsy. 4. Wear your usual shoes. Wear the shoes to your appointment that you have on more feet most often. If you have shoes that bother your feet, take those with you too. Your podiatrist will examine the shoes to determine if they may be causing your problems. He or she can recommend more appropriate footwear to help keep your feet and toenails healthy. 5. Make a list of your symptoms. Before your appointment, write down a list of any problems you have with your feet or toenails. Note situations that either worsen or improve your symptoms. Explain when your symptoms first began. Even if a problem doesn’t seem significant...

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