Hello, I am Dr. Kirk Johnson of Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage. Today’s blog topic is ‘How Your Diet Affects Your Smile.’

I’m sure you brush and floss regularly and hopefully visit your Anchorage cosmetic dental practice for cleanings, but did you know that making small changes to your diet can improve your oral health?

Most Anchorage residents are aware that sugar found in candy, cookies, and sodas can harm your teeth, but some people don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. A handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.

All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.

At Excellence In Dentistry, I continue to see tooth damage caused by sodas and sports drinks. If you choose to drink them, sip them through a straw. By limiting the contact of these drinks on your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.

Another way Anchorage folks can improve their oral health is to get 800mg of calcium a day for men and 1,000mg for women under 50. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.

Diet alone will not prevent cavities and gum disease for Anchorage folks, however, a few changes in eating habits can help maintain healthy teeth and gums.

My staff and I at Excellence In Dentistry are accepting new Anchorage general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry patients in the 99515 zip code area. I encourage you to call (907) 349-0022 today to schedule an exam and cleaning.

Excellence In Dentistry offers a full menu of general and specialty dental services including cosmetic dentistry and restoring smiles. For more information, call today to schedule an appointment or visit Home.

Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
(907) 349-0022
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