Tuesday, June 28, 2016

What's That Stuck In Your Teeth?

Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, longer days and laid back schedules. It's also a time to enjoy some great foods -- just be mindful of how those foods affect your smile.

Dr. Aland's son enjoys some tasty ribs, fresh from the grill.
Ribs -- One of our favorite Reno events is the "Best In the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off" held every year over Labor Day weekend. We also enjoy BBQ ribs over the 4th of July holiday! While ribs are quite tasty, the meat can wedge between your teeth, causing troubles to your bite. The discomfort can last until you find some floss and dislodge the culprit. Feel free to show off your saucy smile, just be sure to keep your teeth and gums healthy while you're at it!

Popcorn -- Many families love to visit the drive-in movies during the summer. Experiences like that create memories to last a lifetime! Popcorn is the perfect snack to occupy your teeth while enjoying a good flick, however, beware of those pesky popcorn kernels that get caught in the little nooks and crannies of your gums. Popcorn husks can be thin enough to lodge under your gums, making it extremely difficult to remove them by brushing alone. Flossing after a popcorn snack is essential to maintaining optimal oral health.

Berries -- Summer is berry season, but the seeds from eating nature's dessert can be a nuisance. Did you know the average raspberry has 120 seeds, which can jam into the grooves of your molars? Like ribs and popcorn kernels, flossing is the best way to remove them and ensure healthy gums. With that being said, berries rank among the most antioxidant-rich fruits. Feel free to eat as many berries as you want, just make sure to remove the seeds in your teeth when you're done.

Flossing vs. Toothpicks -- Traditional dental floss is the best way to remove food that has become lodged between your teeth. Floss sticks are a convenient alternative that you can keep in your purse or car. Toothpicks are another convenient alternative, but are generally not recommended due to the damage they can cause to your teeth and gums. They can lacerate your gums, causing them to bleed, or scrape away the protective enamel on your teeth. If a toothpick is all you have access to, use it with care and all should be well.

With these tips and this preventative info., you (and your teeth,) can enjoy a safe and healthy summer! If someone asks you "got teeth?" you can say, "Yes I do!"

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