Many new orthodontic patients wonder, “What can I eat with braces?” New braces can be a challenge to get used to. When they are first put on, your mouth may be experiencing some soreness. So you may wonder what the right foods are for your braces. Our infographic, Food and Your Braces, will provide you with some basic guidelines for what to eat with braces through the months or years that you have them on.
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Food and Your Braces
For New Braces:
Cold liquids that don’t stain teeth.
Liquid foods like soups, yogurts, and applesauces.
Easy to chew solid foods like eggs.
Cold treats like ice cream and soft popsicles.
Easy to chew meats, fully cooked.
Most dairy products like cheese.
Soft fruits like bananas, melons, and berries.
Non-crusty baked goods like bread and muffins.
Hard, crunchy fruits (unless you cut them up).
Beverages that stain teeth if you can’t brush right after.
Corn on the cob and popcorn.
Hard or sticky candies like caramels or gum.
The “Eat” and “Avoid” sections are good guidelines for the whole time that you have braces on. The “For New Braces” section should be followed for as long as you are experiencing pain or sensitivity. Talk to your orthodontist. They may be able to give you some personalized recommendations.
If you worry that you will be missing out on some healthy but crunchy fruits and vegetables, you will not have to give them up entirely. Cook your vegetables until they are softened enough to eat. Vegetable soup is always a good option. Fruits can be blended into smoothies. Just because you have braces does not mean that you cannot eat healthy foods.
Here are some tips about at-home dental care, from the Strongsville Dentist.
Dr. William Aerni
At-home dental care is very important to ensure that your next dentist appointment is painless and stress-free. Dr. William Aerni, Strongsville dentist, strongly encourages regular brushing, flossing, and fluoride rinses. There are new devices that will assist with your at-home dental care such as the AirFloss and sonic toothbrushes.
By keeping up with dental hygiene, your teeth will stay strong and healthy for a long time to come. It is important to brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss daily, and use a fluoride rinse for additional protection from decay. For six month cleanings you should call and make an appointment with a reputable dentist’s office.
To make an appointment at Aerni Dental, the Strongsville Dentist, give us a call at (440) 238-6141 or visit our webpage.
Are you looking for a quality Strongsville dentist? You’re in the right place!
Dr. William Aerni has been a Strongsville dentist for many years and has experience with all areas of dentistry from preventative care to orthodontics. The main goal at Aerni Dental is to ensure that patients are happy with their experience and with their smile.
In order to be a top Strongsville dentist it is important to use up-to-date techniques and top of the line technology. Dr. Aerni says “We use a combination of skill, technology, and focused attention to provide our patients with a commodity that’s hard to find these days: continuity of care. All dental work is completed in our office. There is no need to go from doctor to doctor to complete treatment. From preventative care and checkups, to state-of-the-art imaging and implant surgery, everything at Aerni Dental is done in the same office with a doctor and staff that you know and trust. Your comfort, your health, and your needs are always front and center.”
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Strongsville Dentist, Dr. William Aerni, explains tooth enamel.
Most people have heard of it, but what is tooth enamel? Enamel is the hard outer layer of the tooth that gives teeth their white color. It is said to be the hardest part of the body and is made up mostly of minerals. About 95% of enamel is calcium and phosphate ions that make up strong hydroxyapatite crystals. The remainder is water and enamelins, what are proteins specific to tooth enamel. The strength of enamel protects the teeth from decay. Over time enamel wears down from teeth grinding, sugary and acidic foods and drinks, and a lack of dental hygiene. When enamel becomes soft and worn down teeth are susceptible to cavities, chipping, and cracking.
There are ways to keep tooth enamel strong:
Use fluoride toothpaste and fluoride rises that help rebuild enamel.
Avoid over-brushing and hard bristled toothbrushes which adds additional wear to enamel.
Visit the Dentist regularly to catch problems before they become worse.
Avoid grinding teeth and wear a mouth guard if grinding persists.
Limit foods and drinks that are acidic and high in sugar. Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar which wears down enamel and acid breaks down enamel.
Consume foods and drinks that are high in calcium. Calcium helps protect and strengthen enamel.
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How can your dental health affect your mental health? It is actually very simple. Generally when someone has teeth that are chipped, crooked, stained, or missing, they are self conscious about their appearance. Unhealthy teeth lead to fewer smiles which can affect your mood and the way other people see you, but your dentist can help you fix that.
Smiling is proven to lower stress which leads to a lower heart rate, and blood pressure. When you form your mouth into the shape of a smile, it changes the blood flow to the brain which automatically makes you feel happier. These reactions release endorphins and serotonin which are feel good hormones that fight off depression and anxiety. Who doesn’t want that?!?
Aside from being happy, people see someone who is smiling as confident, reliable, relaxed, sincere, and more attractive. It’s cheesy to say that smiles are contagious, but it is true. Humans subconsciously imitate those around them and are often affected by the moods of others. So, when in doubt, just smile! It’s amazing how a simple facial expression can have such an effect on your own happiness and the happiness of others. By taking care of your teeth, you are taking care of your emotions. Good dental health leads to good mental health.
Now that you know the connection between having healthy teeth and being a happier you, it is important to know how to take care of your smile. Preventative measures are most effective in maintaining healthy teeth. Brushing teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily is key and to keep enamel strong it is helpful to use a fluoride mouth wash often. If maintenance is necessary it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible to avoid any further problems. These are all steps to better your dental health, leaving you feeling more confident. With good dental health comes good mental health.
To find out more about keeping your smile healthy, call Dr. William Aerni, the Strongsville Dentist (440)238-6141 or visit our website AerniDental.com.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away… and the dentist too! A well balanced diet is not only beneficial to overall health, but oral health as well. It has been proven that people who have excessive tooth decay and missing teeth tend to have less nutritious diets overall and do not consume adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables. According to Dr. Aerni, the Strongsville Dentist, healthy eating leads to a healthy smile.
Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in the world and it is often overlooked. Tooth decay, also known as a cavity, is caused by acid attacking the tooth when plaque comes into contact with sugar in the mouth. Limiting sugar intake protects the teeth from exposure to harsh acid and drinking plenty of water will help wash the acid away.
If beneficial nutrients are not being consumed, it is more challenging for the body to repair damage to the teeth and gums leading to tooth loss and progressive decay. It is important to intake foods from each food group. Foods that help prevent tooth decay include cheeses, chicken, red meat, nuts, and milk. The vitamins from fresh fruits and vegetables are crucial to remineralizing, or rebuilding, enamel.
The time that food is eaten is just as important as the foods that are being consumed. To prevent progressive tooth decay, between-meal snacks should be limited. Full meals are less harmful to teeth because of the amount of food that is being eaten and the amount of saliva that is produced. This washes away the food that remains on the teeth. When snacking it is helpful to choose something healthy such as fruits, vegetables, or cheese rather than sugary snacks like cookies and candy.
Further protect teeth from cavities with these simple tips:
Brush teeth 30 to 60 minutes after every meal and snack
Use fluoride toothpaste
Use fluoride mouth rinse daily
Chew sugar free gum when brushing is not an option
Visit your dentist for checkups at least every six months
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Strongsville Dentist: Teeth Grinding
Dr. William Aerni- The Strongsville Dentist
Bruxism is the dental term for teeth grinding and jaw clenching. This is a medical health problem as well as a dental health problem because it can lead to uncontrollable contractions of the jaw muscles, popping or clicking of the joint found in the lower jaw, swelling of the lower jaw, damaged teeth, and headaches. If teeth grinding and jaw clenching continue, it will erode tooth enamel and damage dental work, leading to tooth decay.
There are a few ways to reduce and avoid teeth grinding and jaw clenching:
Do not chew on anything that is not food (pens, pencils, etc.)
Decrease gum chewing
Reduce the consumption foods and drinks that contain caffeine
Avoid alcohol consumption
Drink more water
Improve dietary habits
Work to relax the jaw while awake to encourage a relaxed jaw while sleeping
Reduce Stress levels
Get plenty of sleep
Bruxism is a commonly overlooked disorder that is usually caused by something that is not right within the body. It is obvious from the list above that stress and an unhealthy lifestyle are the main causes of teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Depression, anxiety, eating disorders and insomnia also encourage grinding, but may require further treatment. By following the tips above and adopting an all around healthier lifestyle, bruxism and its effects can be reduced over time.
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Our goal is to provide the gold-standard of dental care for our patients. We are committed to a painless experience with our top-of-the-line implant technology. For more information, check out our video where Dr. Aerni, our resident Strongsville dentist, explains the process.
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Wisdom About Wisdom Teeth Dr. William Aerni
Horror stories about the pain and procedures that accompany having wisdom teeth removed are not uncommon. Many people have their wisdom teeth removed at a young age, but the truth of the matter is that wisdom teeth don’t have to be removed unless they are impacted or are at risk of becoming impacted. This is not something that should be taken lightly because it can have serious health effects. A tooth is impacted when bone or another tooth is blocking it from erupting, causing other teeth to shift. This will lead to additional dental work in the future.
Some symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth include:
Bad breath and/or bad taste in the mouth
Pain and/or difficulty opening mouth
Pain and swelling around the tooth
Ulcers in the mouth
If you show signs of any of the above symptoms, visit your dentist immediately. It is important that the impacted tooth is removed to ensure that no other teeth are damaged. If the tooth is left without treatment it can lead to crooked teeth, cavities due to overcrowding, and even lock jaw. Having regular X-rays and dental checkups will ensure that any problems are caught early on and can be treated before causing any further damage.