Cinco De Mayo, May 5th, is a day of celebration that commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. Many people will be celebrating this holiday at their favorite Mexican restaurant with a salt-rimmed margarita, tortilla chips with salsa and a signature “spicy” Mexican dish. These fiery foods pack a powerful punch that can break you into a sweat. We can all agree that this food is appetizing and keeps us craving more, but we would like to open the discussion:

Is spicy food bad for your teeth?

Perhaps the most recognizable and distinctive ingredient in Mexican cuisine is the chili pepper. Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which help minimize infection and also believed to alleviate pain. Another commonly used ingredient to spice up a dish is onion. Onions are packed with manganese, which helps bind calcium to bones and teeth. There are a variety of chili spices that are often used to add some heat. Chili spices are loaded with vitamin A that promotes strong bones and teeth. Spicy foods also stimulate salivary production, which acts as a natural cleanser to wash away bacteria and debris.

Foods that are high in spice can actually have a positive effect on your teeth in moderation. Of course, too much of anything is never a good thing. Frequent consumption of chili peppers can be too acidic and cause erosion of enamel. Also, most of these zesty dishes are topped with a tangy squeeze of lime. Any citrus can be harsh on your teeth when consumed too frequently.

At Palm Harbor Premier Dental we believe that variety is the spice of life so celebrate and enjoy your favorite spicy foods in moderation. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and rinse the food particles and bacteria away. Maintain proper dental care at home, regular checkups and professional cleanings. Contact your Palm Harbor Dentist at (813) 289 – 0560 to make your next appointment and keep your smile in excellent health.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo from your Palm Harbor Dentist Staff at Palm Harbor Premier Dental!

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Nutrition Affects Your Teeth & Gums



Nutrition Affects Your Teeth and Gums - Palm Harbor DentistMarch is National Nutrition Month! This is an educational campaign focusing on eating nutrient dense foods, physical fitness, and overall health. A well-balanced diet, along with moderate exercise, helps to maintain your ideal body weight and reduces your risk of chronic illness such as heart disease and diabetes. The types of foods you eat have a direct affect on the health of your teeth and gums as well. Poor nutrition can lead to many oral health complications such as tooth loss and periodontal disease.

Some healthy food choices for healthy teeth and gums:
  • Fruits and Vegetables are high in fiber and water. Chewing also stimulates the salivary glands, which helps wash away bacteria from the teeth.
  • Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese aid in buffering the acid on the teeth and is rich in calcium that strengthens the enamel on your teeth.
  • Lean proteins such as fish, poultry, and eggs are high in phosphorus. Phosphorus plays an important part in maintenance of strong bones and teeth.

“Next to calcium, phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in the body. These 2 important nutrients work closely together to build strong bones and teeth. About 85% of the body’s phosphorus is in bones and teeth.”
                                                                                                                 Source: UMM.edu

  • Certain vegetables are also high in protein such as broccoli, sprouted beans, kale and other leafy greens.
  • Nuts are also a great source of protein and are high in vitamins and minerals that keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.

At Palm Harbor Premier Dental, we encourage nutritious food choices to keep your smile healthy and bright. Keeping your sugar intake to a minimum will help control the bacteria levels that cause tooth decay. Drinking plenty of water will not only keep you hydrated, it also rinses away excess food particles from your teeth. These simple dietary measures are equally as important as proper dental care at home, regular checkups and professional cleanings. Give us a call at (813) 289 – 0560 to make your next dental appointment and keep your smile in excellent health.

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