Dieting? Four tips to keep your smile healthy

ARE you setting weight loss goals?  Great! Just remember to stay healthy—and that includes taking good care of your teeth while dieting.
Connections between oral health and whole body health
Our bodies are amazing. Sometimes we forget about the connections between each system. If you’re working to lose weight, be aware of how those diet decisions may affect your teeth. Here are four quick, useful tips:
1.  Be careful with juicing and smoothies
Juicing and drinking smoothies are a recommended part of many diets. They are great ways to consume nutritious fruits and veggies. But remember they can be high in sugar and acids. Also, their strong pigmentation can stain teeth. Consider using a straw and always rinse your mouth with water when finished.
2. “Grazing” can make your mouth a constant war zone
Some diets have you snacking less and some have you snacking more! Keep in mind that every time you eat something, your mouth works hard to regain its pH balance—battling acids and washing away debris. You can help by finishing up with a “scrubber” food like celery. And again, rinsing with water is very important.
3.  Some diet-friendly snacks are not tooth-friendly
One of the major offenders can be diet soda. It may be great for dieting but it’s loaded with acid that can be very hard on your teeth. If you drink diet soda, don’t sip on it throughout the day. Drink it, rinse with water, then stay away from it. Other diet-friendly snacks to be careful with include dried fruits that stick to your teeth, nuts, and acidic citrus foods.
4.  Drink plenty of water and get enough vitamins & minerals
A change in your diet can decrease saliva flow, especially if you’re taking dietary pills or supplements. Drink a lot of water to compensate. Also, vitamins and minerals fuel healthy operations throughout your body. They reinforce tooth enamel and help you resist infection.
Here’s a short video from an NBC News affiliate.  Click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tT39rOQ4OWM) and watch about Healthy Foods That Can Be Bad for Your Teeth.
Let us know if you have questions
We’re cheering for you! Good luck with your diet! Let us know if you have any questions about how dieting can affect your smile. Be sure to keep your regular cleaning appointments so that any potential problems are identified early.
Thanks for the trust your place in our practice. We appreciate having you as our valued patient.

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If you have questions, pls call Dr. Valerie de Leon at (650) 697–9000 or visit our website at www.millbraesmiles.com. She is with Millbrae Smile Center located at 15 El Camino Real, Millbrae 94030. She is a member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry, ADA, CDA and SMCDS. Please call for a free consultation.

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