It is said that Queen Elizabeth I was notorious for having bad teeth.  The rumor goes that she ate so much sugar that her teeth were black. True or not, the fact is that the foods you eat have an impact on your dental health.  However, if you have a sweet tooth, you can still maintain good dental health by focusing on your dental hygiene and being careful about the amount of sugar you consume.

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While we don’t pretend to know exactly what the best diet for you would be, we are highly familiar with the best dental hygiene practices. When you come to visit us at our dental clinic, we can offer you advice on how to achieve the best dental health. Brushing your teeth twice a day, morning and night is the start of proper dental hygiene. Of course, it helps if you are brushing your teeth the correct way—which involves brushing in small circles, for at least 2 minutes. Once you’ve finished brushing your teeth, make sure that you brush your tongue and the top of your mouth in order to get rid of any bacteria that may be lurking there. Other aspects of good dental hygiene include flossing your teeth daily and rinsing with mouthwash.

As we stated before, good dental hygiene is only one aspect of excellent dental health. If you truly love the sweeter foods, try satisfying your sugar craving with fruit rather than refined sugars. In order to get healthy teeth, make sure that you limit your sugars and refined foods, instead choosing to consume lots of fruits, vegetables and other nutrient dense foods. Doing so will help to keep your teeth healthy for years to come. For more dental hygiene tips, come in and visit our office at G.R. Sheumaker Jr. DDS.