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Deep Dive: Diet’s Role in Oral Health

Healthy Diet

School lunches have been an important part of our educational experience for decades. They’re more than just a way to stave off hunger; they’re instrumental in ensuring we grow and develop well. More importantly, they also contribute to your ability to pay attention and absorb information. Unfortunately, poor dietary choices for school lunches can impact orthodontic treatments. Dr. Massih at Massih Orthodontics has frequently witnessed the repercussions of poor dietary choices on your treatment. Leveraging her vast experience, Dr. Massih suggests making smarter lunch choices that satiate hunger and protect the results of your care.

Deep Dive: Diet’s Role in Oral Health

Every parent aspires to pack a lunchbox that their child eagerly finishes. But beyond taste, there’s a critical factor to consider: the dental repercussions of the foods we pick on orthodontic appliances. While certain foods might win your heart with their flavor, they might not be doing any favors for their care.

The correlation between what our children eat and orthodontic results is profound. Foods with sugars and acids can accelerate tooth decay, while others can fortify and safeguard dental health.

Making Smart Lunchbox Choices: A How-To Guide

Choosing what goes into your lunchbox doesn’t have to be a puzzle. 

Here’s a deeper exploration of the dos and don’ts:

  • Steer Clear of Sugars: Sugary treats might be a popular demand, but they’re a dentist’s nightmare. They offer a playground for harmful mouth bacteria, which feast on sugars, subsequently producing acids. These acids are detrimental as they gradually wear away the tooth enamel, paving the way for cavities.
  • Texture Matters: The consistency of the food plays a pivotal role. Sticky foods, like certain candies and even dried fruits, can linger on teeth, providing a prolonged opportunity for bacteria to feast. However, crunchy vegetables deliver important nutrients and help clean the teeth’ surface, reducing plaque buildup.
  • Celebrate Dairy: Beyond being a source of essential nutrients, dairy products can be a boon for teeth. Cheese, for instance, triggers saliva production, which naturally cleanses the mouth. Milk and yogurt, rich in calcium, help fortify the teeth. However, selecting unsweetened versions is crucial to reap the maximum benefits.

More Lunchbox Inspirations:

  • Fruits: Opt for crunchy fruits like apples and pears, which can stimulate gum health.
  • Nuts: Almonds and walnuts can be a great source of protein without the detrimental sugars.
  • Hydrate Smartly: Encourage drinking water throughout the day. It also helps eliminate food particles caught in the teeth.

Get More Guidance From The Massih Orthodontics Team

Your smile is precious, and ensuring it remains radiant requires collective efforts at home and with dental professionals. Dr. Massih and her adept team at Massic Orthodontics champion the cause of comprehensive dental wellness.

Positioned conveniently in Glendale, CA, and just a call away at (503) 654-9521, the clinic offers many services tailored to your unique needs. Dive deeper into understanding dental health nuances, discover more teeth-friendly recipes, or schedule a routine check-up. Partner with us today, and let’s carve a pathway towards a brighter, healthier smile!

Dr. Karmen Massih Inspired by orthodontics at the age of 10, Dr. Karmen Massih earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine at UCLA's School of Dentistry. After earning her certificates in orthodontics at the University of Pittsburgh, she returned to her hometown of Glendale, CA, to begin Massih Orthodontics, a practice dedicated to transforming smiles for people of all ages.