Do You Want To Stop Smoking?

Stop smokingWhen it comes to our oral and overall health, tobacco usage is one of the worst habits we can form. The most frequent form of tobacco use comes through cigarette smoking. Smoking cigarettes can cause many oral health issues like teeth discoloration from the nicotine and tar, an increase in plaque and tartar present in the mouth, and an increased risk of contracting oral cancer.

At Aerni Dental, Dr. Aerni, wants to promote healthy habits to his patients, and everyone in the Strongsville, OH area. Due to his desire to promote a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Aerni will provide a few helpful hints that may help you stop smoking. Dr. Aerni believes that one of the most important factors in quitting is recognizing what causes you do to smoke in the first place.

Why Do You Smoke?

One of the most common reasons that people smoke is to relieve their stress. If this is the case for you, it is important to properly manage your stress. There are many activities that you can choose to manage your stress other than smoking. These activities include receiving a massage, listening to relaxing music, or doing some yoga.

Another common trigger for people who smoke is consumption of alcohol. If this applies to you, Dr. Aerni recommends avoiding situations in which you will be drinking. If you want to have an adult beverage, Dr. Aerni suggests making sure there is no tobacco easily accessible.

Finally, many people smoke after eating a meal. Smoking a cigarette after a meal is viewed as a treat of sorts. For these people, Dr. Aerni recommends replacing a cigarette with some sugarless chewing gum, a sweet treat (please brush after!), or some mints. It is always important to find a substitute that will help to take the edge off.

As previously stated, identifying some common triggers of why you might smoke is critical in quitting. If serious, you can find more tips and resources at smokefree.gov

Do you suffer from oral health issues due to smoking? Are your teeth discolored, or do you wish to receive an oral cancer screening? If so, you can contact our office today in order to set up an appointment to see Dr. Aerni.

Dietary Choices That Boost Oral Health

In our previous article, Dr. Aerni provided a list of foods that may damage the your oral health. As promised, Dr. Aerni will now provide a list of foods that will actually boost the health of your mouth. Along with these foods, it is important to remember to implement good care habits like brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash.  

Foods That Boost Oral Health

1.) Celery:

Keeping your teeth clean, and secreting enough saliva are both critical in keeping your mouth healthy. Due to its texture, celery can clean your teeth as you chew on it. In addition to this, as you chew on celery, it will stimulate your salivary glands and increase your saliva production.

2.) Carrots:Oral Health

Like celery, carrots work to increase your saliva production. As we know, saliva is one of the best defenses against gum disease, tooth decay, and more.

3.) Pineapple:

Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain is extremely beneficial to your dental health as it works to break up proteins in your mouth and maintain the health of your teeth. In addition to bromelain, pineapples contain many other vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your overall and oral health.  

4.) Cheese:

There are many factors that make cheese a good dietary choice for the health of your mouth. These factors include calcium, low sugar levels, a lack of acid, and most importantly the presence of casein. Casein is a protein that works to promote the health of your teeth and strengthen your enamel. Click here for more information about casein.

5.) Yogurt:

Similar to cheese, yogurt is a great provider of casein.

6.) Pears:

In our previous post, we mentioned fruits that have a lot of citric acid. One major advantage of pears is that they do not contain acid like other fruits do. Additionally, pears provide your teeth with many vitamins and minerals and also increase your salivary flow. 

Beverages That Boost Oral Health

7.) Tap Water:Strongsville Dentist

After eliminating many beverages last week from your healthy choices, you may be wondering what is best to drink. We know that you must be tired of hearing from every medical professional that drinking water is important, but it is. Dr. Aerni recommends tap water over spring water, purified water, or bottled water, due to the presence of fluoride in tap water. Fluoride will work to repair the damages created by other foods, drinks, and physical activity that may have harmed the enamel of your teeth.

To repeat what we said in our opening paragraph, it is still critical to maintain good dental healthcare habits like brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and routinely visiting the dentist. These habits, along with eating a healthy diet, will keep your dental health in the best shape possible possible. If you would like to schedule a dental check up, and are in the Strongsville, OH area, please contact us today to schedule a visit with Dr. Aerni!