Keep Your Gums Healthy – Dr. Chao

Posted October 17th, 2014 by Dr. Chao and filed in Healthy Gums

Keeping your gums in a healthy state is a lot more important than you may think. In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet can also help you  maintain healthy gums.

By eating properly, you are providing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for your gums and teeth, which can help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Not everyone knows this, but Fluoride is found naturally in some foods, so by consuming them, you are effortlessly helping contribute to tooth decay prevention. Fluoride, also found in your water supply (in most areas), can help reduce cavities by up 60%.

While we are on the topic of food, it is important to point out that certain foods can be very detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth. Particularly, foods high in sucrose (also known as granulated sugar). Although very tasty, it is the leading cause of tooth decay.

“But Dr. Chao, I avoid junk food and eat lots of fruit. Is that good?” Yes, that is great! Although fresh fruit can be relatively sweet and acidic, the saliva produced when chewing the fruit help rinse away anything left in the mouth and reduces the acidity in the mouth. Apples are especially great because they promote gum stimulation, increase saliva flow, and help reduce the build up of cavity-causing bacteria. Hence the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But be aware of dried fruits. Eating them can actually negatively affect the health of your gums and teeth. This is because they are not only high in sugar, but stick to your teeth.

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Keep Your Gums Healthy – Alhambra CA – Dr. Chao

Posted May 29th, 2013 by Dr. Chao and filed in Healthy Gums

Keeping your gums in a healthy state is a lot more important than you may think. In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet can also help you  maintain healthy gums.

By eating properly, you are providing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for your gums and teeth, which can help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Not everyone knows this, but Fluoride is found naturally in some foods, so by consuming them, you are effortlessly helping contribute to tooth decay prevention. Fluoride, also found in your water supply (in most areas), can help reduce cavities by up 60%.

While we are on the topic of food, it is important to point out that certain foods can be very detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth. Particularly, foods high in sucrose (also known as granulated sugar). Although very tasty, it is the leading cause of tooth decay.

“But Dr. Chao, I avoid junk food and eat lots of fruit. Is that good?” Yes, that is great! Although fresh fruit can be relatively sweet and acidic, the saliva produced when chewing the fruit help rinse away anything left in the mouth and reduces the acidity in the mouth. Apples are especially great because they promote gum stimulation, increase saliva flow, and help reduce the build up of cavity-causing bacteria. Hence the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But be aware of dried fruits. Eating them can actually negatively affect the health of your gums and teeth. This is because they are not only high in sugar, but stick to your teeth.

For more information, please call or visit us. For contact information, please visit our Contact Page.

Keep Your Gums Healthy – Alhambra CA

Posted March 3rd, 2013 by Dr. Chao and filed in Healthy Gums

Keeping your gums in a healthy state is a lot more important than you may think. In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet can also help you  maintain healthy gums.

By eating properly, you are providing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for your gums and teeth, which can help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Not everyone knows this, but Fluoride is found naturally in some foods, so by consuming them, you are effortlessly helping contribute to tooth decay prevention. Fluoride, also found in your water supply (in most areas), can help reduce cavities by up 60%.

While we are on the topic of food, it is important to point out that certain foods can be very detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth. Particularly, foods high in sucrose (also known as granulated sugar). Although very tasty, it is the leading cause of tooth decay.

“But Dr. Chao, I avoid junk food and eat lots of fruit. Is that good?” Yes, that is great! Although fresh fruit can be relatively sweet and acidic, the saliva produced when chewing the fruit help rinse away anything left in the mouth and reduces the acidity in the mouth. Apples are especially great because they promote gum stimulation, increase saliva flow, and help reduce the build up of cavity-causing bacteria. Hence the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But be aware of dried fruits. Eating them can actually negatively affect the health of your gums and teeth. This is because they are not only high in sugar, but stick to your teeth.

For more information, please call or visit us. For contact information, please visit our Contact Page.

Foods That are Good for Your Teeth

Top 10 Foods for Your Teeth:

1.    Green Tea has a well-deserved reputation for providing many benefits. With teeth, green tea offers up natural antioxidant compounds prevent plaque from accumulating, therefore reducing the risk of cavities and bad breath. Some green teas also contain fluoride that can further prevent tooth decay – check the label before you buy.

2.    Dairy products such as milk and yogurt are low in acidity and sugar making them great choices to quench your thirst or have as a healthy snack. This is good news for both tooth erosion and tooth decay. Milk is rich in calcium, which means you are fortifying teeth and bones while refueling during the day.

3.    Cheese is another dairy product with significant dental benefits. Being high in phosphate and calcium, cheese promotes healthy teeth. It also balances the pH in your mouth, produces more saliva, rebuilds tooth enamel and kills the bacteria that cause tooth cavities and gum disease.

4.    Fruit is great for your teeth especially when eaten in whole, raw form. It keeps down plaque and massages your gums. Choose the fruits rich in Vitamin C, which holds our body cells together. If you are short of Vitamin C, your gums may become tender and more susceptible to gum disease.

5.    Vegetables are another good idea if you are trying to build a good foundation for your teeth. Broccoli, carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin are rich in Vitamin A from which tooth enamel forms. If you eat them raw you will get more Vitamin A, as well as clean your teeth and massage your gums.

6.    Onions are rich in powerful anti-bacterial sulphur compounds, which kill the bacteria that harm your teeth and gums. If you can stand the stinky side effects, eat onions raw for best results.

7.    Celery is another great friend of the dentist. Eat it raw and it will not only massage your gums, but clean your teeth. It will also induce the production of more saliva that will neutralize the bacteria that cause cavities.

8.    Sesame Seeds, which are best combined with bread and rolls, dissolve plaque and help build tooth enamel. The tasty seeds are also rich in calcium, which will keep your teeth and jawbone healthy.

9.    Proteins like beef, chicken, eggs and turkey are rich in phosphorus. Calcium combines with phosphorus and Vitamin D to produce our teeth and bones. Make sure you get enough protein to keep your teeth healthy, and reduce decay.

10.    Water is not only the gift of life. When you rinse with water, it cleans your mouth so that your saliva can nourish your teeth, hydrate your gums, and help wash away trapped food particles that can create plague.

Start the New Year Off Right! – Alhambra, CA

Posted December 30th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Healthy Gums, Tooth Health

With 2012 just around the corner, people are drawing up their healthy New Year’s resolutions – such as quitting smoking, losing weight or getting exercise, but people should consider a resolution to improve oral health, which would have multiple benefits, and could even save lives.

While people know eating right, tossing the smokes and exercising are all part of leading a healthier lifestyle that can prolong their lives, most people are not aware of the overall health benefits of taking care of their teeth. Yet studies show that people who take care of their teeth live an average of 6.3 years longer than those who lose their teeth.

Most adults lose their teeth to gum disease, which research links to heart disease, diabetes, preterm births and other health problems. The bacteria that cause tooth decay can cause damage in other areas of your body. The oral cavity, is truly an indicator of your overall health, and not taking care of oral disease can negatively affect your health.

Avoid Over-brusing Your Teeth – Alhambra, CA

Posted November 14th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Gum Recession, Healthy Gums, Over-brushing

Over-brushing your teeth can occur with overly vigorous brushing, as you know.  However what is not well-known is that gum recession can also occur by using a hard toothbrush, abrasive toothpaste or not being careful with the electric tooth brush.  If you already have gum recession, use a softer tooth brush with non-abrasive toothpaste.  Before you have the opportunity to consult with a professional, you may use the “roll technique”, which calls for gently rolling the tooth brush from the gum to the teeth.  Don’t use the electric tooth brush as if you are brushing with a hand-held tooth brush.  You may be double brushing your teeth and gum and thereby cause “electric toothbrush abrasion.”  Hold the electric tooth brush gently against the surface you desire to clean.  Use the lightest pressure possible on the handle.  Don’t move the brush up and down or back and forth.  Slowly and gently move the electric toothbrush from place to place.  The electric tooth brush is already cleaning your teeth.  Putting more pressure on the handle will only produce damage to the roots and the gums.   Doubling the “pressure” does not double the fun!

Keep Your Gums Healthy – Alhambra CA

Posted October 11th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Healthy Gums

Keeping your gums in a healthy state is a lot more important than you may think. In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet can also help you  maintain healthy gums.

By eating properly, you are providing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for your gums and teeth, which can help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Not everyone knows this, but Fluoride is found naturally in some foods, so by consuming them, you are effortlessly helping contribute to tooth decay prevention. Fluoride, also found in your water supply (in most areas), can help reduce cavities by up 60%.

While we are on the topic of food, it is important to point out that certain foods can be very detrimental to the health of your gums and teeth. Particularly, foods high in sucrose (also known as granulated sugar). Although very tasty, it is the leading cause of tooth decay.

“But Dr. Chao, I avoid junk food and eat lots of fruit. Is that good?” Yes, that is great! Although fresh fruit can be relatively sweet and acidic, the saliva produced when chewing the fruit help rinse away anything left in the mouth and reduces the acidity in the mouth. Apples are especially great because they promote gum stimulation, increase saliva flow, and help reduce the build up of cavity-causing bacteria. Hence the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But be aware of dried fruits. Eating them can actually negatively affect the health of your gums and teeth. This is because they are not only high in sugar, but stick to your teeth.

For more information, please call or visit us. For contact information, please visit our Contact Page.

Cod Liver Oil Is Good For Your Teeth And Gums

Posted July 8th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Healthy Gums

The Council on Dental Therapeutics awarded the first Seal of Approval, in 1931, to a brand of cod liver oil as a food supplement to promote strong teeth and healthy gums. Now 80 years later much more is known about cod liver oil. And practically all of it is good. According to Dr. George Griffing, Professor of Medicine at the St. Louis University and Editor in Chief of Internal Medicine for eMedicine, cod liver oil contains large amounts of vitamins A, D, and omega-3-fatty acids, and the health benefits may go beyond rheumatism and rickets. Vitamin A is essential for the immune system, bone growth, night vision, cellular growth, testicular and ovarian function, according to Dr. Griffing. Furthermore Vitamin D may prevent type I diabetes, hypertension, and many common cancers.

Cod liver oil is not for everyone, however. Cod liver oil is probably best avoided by pregnant women, asthmatics and people taking anticoagulants such as warfarin, according to Dr. Griffin. If you have any medical condition, consult your physician before you add cod liver oil as a food supplement.

See your dentist regularly. This is still your best bet to keep your smile healthy. Discuss with your dentist whether cod liver oil (available now in a tasteless capsule) or any other supplement is recommended for your particular situation.