February 23, 2016

If you are like most, then you have likely grown tired of hearing all of the things that your dentist recommends that you should not eat. Sure, Dr. Shlafer only wants what is best for your overall oral health, yet does he realize just how many tasty treats are actually out there? Once such treat even has its own national holiday coming up. February 24th has officially been recognized as National Tortilla Chip Day. Based upon the foods and beverages that your dental care provider has already told you to avoid, you might assume that tortilla chips would automatically make such a list. You might actually be wrong.

There are actually a number of different foods that are recommended for you to use to help support healthy teeth and gums (and yes, tortilla chips rank among them). These include:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Low or non-fat dairy products
  • Protein-rich meats, nuts, and seeds
  • Grains such as bread, bagels, pretzels, and tortilla chips

In the case of tortilla chips, remember to stick with baked options as opposed to fried. Fried chips tend to have much more salt and fatty substances.

Seek Treatment if You See Problems

However, even incorporating more tooth-friendly foods into your diet cannot remove your risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay altogether. If you begin to experience things such as bleeding gums, tooth pain, and increased sensitivities to certain foods and drinks, you should seek treatment right away. Often, simple corrections in your diet and dental hygiene regimen are enough to stop the problem. Advanced treatments such as laser gum surgery in Novi, MI may even be able to reverse its effect altogether.

While it may be difficult to envision, caring for your teeth and heeding the advice your dentist will actually offer you more freedom of choice in the long run by allowing you to avoid gum disease issues that could lead to tooth decay and loss. If you happen to already be experiencing some of those issues, not to worry; Dr. Shlafer can help by offering laser gum surgery in Novi, MI. To learn more about this and other treatments, call us to schedule a consultation appointment at 248.918.4205 today.



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