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What Is Fruit Doing to Your Smile? Part Two

  • May 6, 2015

In our last blog we talked about how certain fruits, while healthy in some ways, can cause tooth decay. Now we are continuing our look at the negative effects eating fruit can have on your teeth.

At Holly Dental Center we know there is more to your dental concerns than just cavities. Teeth staining may be a cosmetic issue, but it is still an important one. Stained teeth could make you less likely to smile, but it is something we can help you with. We want everyone in Holly to be proud of their smiles. Hopefully, this information can help you with that.

Stains

Tooth decay isn’t your only concern when it comes to eating fruit. Some fruits can stain your teeth and darken your teeth, making you less likely to smile. Studies show that people who smile more have an easier time in social and professional situations. So just because teeth staining is a cosmetic issue doesn’t mean it is not an important one.

Dark Berries

Have you ever gone berry picking and came home with clothes ruined by stains? The dark juices found in fruits like blackberries and blueberries will stain your teeth just as easily as your clothes. So be sure to exercise moderation when enjoying these fruits.

Another issue that comes with berries, especially blackberries, is the seeds. These seeds get stuck in your teeth very easily, which can be annoying and painful, but it can also lead to decay.

Protect Your Smile

The good news is that you don’t have to cut fruit out of your diet. Simply eat them in moderation and establish a healthy home dental care routine.

Brush and Floss

Brushing is essential for removing sugar and bits of fruit from your teeth, but be careful when eating fruits high in acid, like citrus. You don’t want to brush right away because the citric acid weakens the enamel to the point that brushing could strip the enamel away and damage your teeth.

To get those stubborn fruit chunks and sneaky seeds out of your teeth, you are going to need floss. If you are experiencing discomfort while flossing, try a different kind of floss. If the discomfort continues, or if your gums bleed while flossing, come to our office. this could be a sign of gum disease.

Drink Plenty of Water

Water is your number one defense against tooth decay and staining. Any time you eat fruit, especially citrus, be sure to wash it down with a big glass of water. This will dilute the acid while washing away sugar and fruit debris.

Come See Us

Regular visits to Holly Dental Care will help you protect your oral health. We will perform detailed examinations and deep cleanings that will keep your teeth in tip-top shape. And if your teeth have already experienced some staining, we offer teeth whitening to get your smile back to its former shine. Our Lumibrite same day whitening offers immediate results, while the KoR whitening program uses an in-office treatment combined with take-home whitening trays to treat deeply stained teeth.

Whatever your needs, we have a solution for you. Visit our office in Holly, MI soon and often. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

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